Everyone agrees on the importance of effective communication between patients and their healthcare providers, but it’s hard to improve what you can’t measure. Researchers are developing a survey to assess this foundation of patient-centered care.
What does patient-centered research look like in the field? These short features provide a glimpse into the workings of the projects we support. Hear from researchers what it’s like to partner with patients and other stakeholders, and from patients about being part of a research team. Learn how the work we support, “research done differently,” can make a difference for patients, caregivers, clinicians, researchers, and others.
Poorly executed transitions between healthcare settings—for example, from hospital to home or a nursing facility—can harm patients and lead to additional hospital visits. PCORI is funding projects to improve transitional care.
A cold-turkey approach to smoking cessation often doesn’t succeed, but a more gradual tactic might be successful for some high-risk smokers.
Patients newly diagnosed with prostate cancer have to make difficult decisions about their care. Men who have been there join Vanderbilt University researchers to personalize information on treatment outcomes.
Low-income women are at high risk for depression and unlikely to get effective treatment. Researchers are testing whether helping underserved women with depression solve their most pressing problems leads to better mental health.
Repeated adjustments in medication doses complicate the analysis of patient outcomes. Researchers are creating an easy-to-use statistical toolkit to help researchers study treatments that vary over time.
Hospitalized patients are at increased risk for potentially fatal blood clots in their legs and lungs; a Baltimore team is exploring how to ensure wider use of preventive measures.
The two main types of renal dialysis significantly alter patients’ lives in different ways. Michigan researchers are developing a tool to guide patients toward a better-informed choice.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer have many treatment options. A local barbershop owner and community health advocate is helping a Florida researcher test an app designed to aid patients in weighing their choices.
A tribal-run healthcare system in Alaska found that depression treatment wasn’t working well, partly because patients weren’t taking their medications. Researchers are developing a decision-support tool to help such patients.