Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Utilizing Health Information Technology to Scale and Spread Successful Practice Models Using Patient-Reported Outcomes (R18)

Notice Number: NOT-HS-17-003

Key Dates
Release Date: November 1, 2016  

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AHRQ intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for R18 grant applications to conduct research that demonstrates how health information technology (IT) can improve patient-centered health outcomes and quality of care in primary care and other ambulatory settings through the scale and spread of successful, health IT-enabled practice models that use patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures to achieve these objectives.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The planned FOA is expected to be published in 2016. The FOA will utilize the R18 activity code using standard application dates. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

PROs offer an essential perspective that complements clinician assessments, and may provide greater insights into health status, function, symptom burden, adherence, health behaviors, and quality of life.

Since health IT is a demonstrated enabler of the use of PROs in certain care settings with certain populations and disease types, AHRQ is interested in further studying the use of health IT for the scale and spread of existing PRO measure implementations in primary care and other ambulatory settings.

AHRQ is planning to solicit applications for projects that scale and spread successful PRO implementation approaches to additional sites, new settings, or new populations. All projects must evaluate how the health IT-enabled PRO implementation affects patient health outcomes (or behavior) and the quality of care.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Bryan B. Kim, PhD
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement
Division of Health Information Technology
Telephone: 301-427-1505