Patient centered research focuses on mental health

Julie Miller of Managed Healthcare Executive writes about a $1.7 million dollar grant awarded to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) nonprofit Center for High-Value Health Care from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The PCORI grant provides research funding for a UPMC pilot project in which researchers will study best practices for integrating physical and mental health care. Eleven community mental health care centers across Pennsylvania will act as research sites to test two types of wellness interventions: web-based and provider-supported. The primary focus of the research is to improve patient-centered outcomes. Patients will have an opportunity to weigh in on the research by helping to refine research goals through focus groups and one-on-one interviews. Miller interviews Donna Keyser, senior director of the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care, about the pilot project.