CJE SeniorLife Receives $233,254 Engagement Award from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

CHICAGO, January 29, 2016 – CJE SeniorLife’s in-house research team at theLeonard Schanfield Research Institute was recently approved for a $233,254 Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support the incorporation and translation of older adult voices into meaningful research.

Amy Eisenstein, PhD., Director of the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute, will lead the engagement project at CJE SeniorLife. The project, which will focus on addressing the lack of older adults’ voices in research, will create an advisory bureau called “The Bureau of Sages.” Two types of stakeholders will be brought together to form the Bureau: 1) Older adults traditionally excluded from research, both homebound older adults and nursing home residents; and 2) national researchers and healthcare professionals. These key stakeholders will meet quarterly to discuss how the experiences and perspectives of older adults could be translated into meaningful research and be used to improve the care of older adults

Members of the Bureau will serve as champions of older adult participation throughout the research process. Both residents of CJE’s Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Skokie, Illinois and homebound older adults, who will participate in meetings through the use of real-time, voice-activated, video technology, are excited to be part of a research project that will impact their future care and the care of others.

Many older adults have shared the sentiment that “you don’t know what it’s like to age or to live in a nursing home until you experience it,” and they now have the opportunity to discuss their experiences, and the experiences of their peers, with national researchers and clinicians. They’ve also expressed strong interest in discovering more about the research process, learning from one another, and helping to solve problems for future cohorts of older adults.

CJE’s research project is part of a portfolio of projects approved for PCORI funding to help develop a skilled community of patients and other stakeholders from across the entire healthcare enterprise, and to involve them meaningfully in every aspect of PCORI’s work.

“This project was selected for Engagement Award funding not only for its commitment to engaging patients and other stakeholders, but also for its potential to increase the usefulness and trustworthiness of the information we produce and facilitate its dissemination and uptake,” said Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “We look forward to following the project’s progress and working with CJE SeniorLife to share the results.”

CJE’s project and the other projects approved for funding by the PCORI Engagement Award Program were selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet PCORI’s engagement goals and objectives, as well as program criteria. For more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts, visit http://www.pcori.org/content/eugene-washington-pcori-engagement-awards(link is external).  

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through an innovative, comprehensive network that includes life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education.


Contact: Nicole Bruce
Phone: 773.508.1026
E-Mail: Nicole.Bruce@cje.net