As Federal funding sources continue to contract, community donors can help jump-start PAMFRI research allowing researchers to quickly follow their passion. Most biomedical researchers focus on specific conditions to examine fundamental disease processes at the molecular or cellular level. Diseases, however, occur in people who may have multiple medical problems that interact with each other. PAMFRI researchers draw on a wide range of disciplines, from economics to epidemiology to ethnography, to examine a broad spectrum of conditions and solutions in real-world settings.
PAMFRI researchers are able to rapidly undertake important studies. Unlike academic medical centers that typically see patients after referral by their usual physicians, PAMF patients are seen over years—often decades—by the same providers. The data PAMF doctors and staff routinely collect in patients’ electronic health records are made accessible to PAMFRI researchers in an a format that removes any personal information that could identify individual patients.
PAMF clinicians and administration leaders can often implement innovations in care delivery, allowing the products of research projects to be tested in a real-world setting. Results can then be disseminated widely.