Dr. Christie Befort, associate professor in the department of preventive medicine and public health, University of Kansas Medical Center was approved for a $10 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to implement a pragmatic comparative effectiveness trial on obesity management. The study is one of 46 proposals PCORI approved for funding on September 30 to advance the field of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and provide patients, health care providers and other clinical decision makers with information that will help them make better-informed choices.
Dr. Befort will bring together researchers and primary care practices from Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Iowa to form the Midwestern Collaborative for Treating Obesity in Rural Primary Care. Her three arm study will compare the existing Medicare fee-for-service model for obesity treatment with models that coordinate services either in the context of a Patient Centered Medical Home or through a telephone-delivered disease management program.
Dr. Befort has coordinated prior obesity treatment studies in the rural community setting and for breast cancer survivors. Her work intersects with a variety of initiatives at KU Medical Center including the KU Cancer Center, Frontiers CTSU, and the Institute for Community Engagement.