OCOM's Dr. Regina Dehen Named to National Health Care Panel


April 5, 2013 -- On March 26, OCOM’s Chair of Clinical Education, Regina Dehen, ND, LAc, was nominated to serve on the Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options Advisory Panel of the national Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (http://www.pcori.org/about-us/). 

Dr. Dehen has been an OCOM faculty member since 2005. She earned a BA in biology at Reed College, an MAcOM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and an ND at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Dehen will join 84 panelists selected from 1,021 national applicants in supporting one of PCORI’s four advisory panel groups. Advisory panel members represent a diverse stakeholder community who contribute valuable experience and expertise to its efforts to build a portfolio of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Dehen will represent clinicians on PCORI’s Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options Advisory Panel, along with 19 other new national members.

PCORI is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) helps people and their caregivers communicate and make informed health care decisions, allowing their voices to be heard in assessing the value of health care options. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options. For more information on PCORI, visit www.pcori.org.

Founded in 1983, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) is a nonprofit single-purpose professional graduate school offering master’s and doctoral degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM). OCOM’s mission is to transform health care by educating highly skilled and compassionate practitioners, providing exemplary patient care, and engaging in innovative research within a community of service and healing.

In support of the College’s mission, OCOM is committed to advancing the understanding of Chinese medicine in the broader community. Faculty-authored medical journal articles, leadership in research studies and partnership projects, public education seminars, OCOM publications, and volunteer service in health care-focused organizations like PCORI are some of the many ways OCOM faculty, students and staff help transform health care and carry OCOM’s mission forward.

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