Study: Pulse Oximeters Shown Not to Improve Outcomes for Patients with COVID-19 Recovering at Home

Patients with COVID-19 who were remotely monitored at home using a text-message-based program — known as COVID Watch — did not experience better outcomes if they used a pulse oximeter, according to research findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Supported in part by PCORI funding, the study — led by Mucio Delgado, MD, MS, at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine — compared patients who received standard care as part of the COVID Watch program to patients in the same program who were given a pulse oximeter to monitor their oxygen levels. Researchers found that adding the pulse oximeter did not save more lives or keep more people out of the hospital.

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Study: COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Experienced Rates of Moral Injury Similar to Combat Veterans

A PCORI-funded research registry of more than 55,000 healthcare workers and their families has powered a study that provides important insights into the psyche of COVID-19 healthcare workers during the pandemic.

Results appearing in the Journal of General Internal Medicine show that COVID-19 healthcare workers experienced high rates of potential moral injury that are comparable to rates among combat veterans. Moral injuries are defined as actions that conflict with values and beliefs, causing psychological harm.

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Database Identifies Emerging Technologies, Innovations

PCORI's Health Care Horizon Scanning System identifies and monitors new and emerging healthcare technologies and innovations with high potential to change the current standard of care. This systematic process informs PCORI’s investments in patient-centered outcomes research.

PCORI’s Horizon Scanning Database offers healthcare decision makers findings about advancements in six key areas of interest: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, COVID-19, mental and behavioral health, and rare diseases. This database can be used by patients, care partners, and others to track advancements in care options.

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PCORI's Response to COVID-19: A Timeline

2021 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting

The 2021 meeting included a plenary session on lessons learned and best practices to mitigate future public health crises, along with a pair of breakout sessions examining COVID-19 in relation to dementia care, and medical research and electronic health records.

Applicant and Awardee FAQs Related to COVID-19

PCORI is concerned first and foremost for the health and safety of our community, including applicants, awardees, stakeholders, research participants, staff, and all others involved with PCORI. To that end, PCORI is working to assist applicants and awardees in finding solutions that may help address issues related to disruptions associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus). These issues include general guidance, addressing pre-award concerns for applicants, and addressing post-award concerns for awardees.

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Healthcare Workers Registry and Study

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