Harnessing person-generated health data to accelerate patient-centered outcomes research: the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America PCORnet Patient Powered Research Network (CCFA Partners)

J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 May;23(3):485-90. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv191. Epub 2016 Jan 28.


The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Partners Patient-Powered Research Network (PPRN) seeks to advance and accelerate comparative effectiveness and translational research in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). Our IBD-focused PCORnet PPRN has been designed to overcome the major obstacles that have limited patient-centered outcomes research in IBD by providing the technical infrastructure, patient governance, and patient-driven functionality needed to: 1) identify, prioritize, and undertake a patient-centered research agenda through sharing person-generated health data; 2) develop and test patient and provider-focused tools that utilize individual patient data to improve health behaviors and inform health care decisions and, ultimately, outcomes; and 3) rapidly disseminate new knowledge to patients, enabling them to improve their health. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Partners PPRN has fostered the development of a community of citizen scientists in IBD; created a portal that will recruit, retain, and engage members and encourage partnerships with external scientists; and produced an efficient infrastructure for identifying, screening, and contacting network members for participation in research.

Keywords: PGHD; patient engagement; patient-centered outcomes research; patient-reported outcomes; person-generated health data; wearables.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Colitis, Ulcerative*
  • Crohn Disease*
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
  • Patient Outcome Assessment*
  • Patient Participation
  • Self Report
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation
  • United States
  • Wearable Electronic Devices
  • Young Adult