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.
Parents of children with rare genetic disorders, and their doctors, need genetic information to guide care decisions. A redesigned report for providing information to families and clinicians may improve communication and shared decision making.
Treatment of lung cancer requires the services of several specialists. A Memphis project is examining whether patient outcomes improve when care providers come together in a coordinated program.
How can patients about to undergo major surgery effectively communicate their wishes for postoperative care? Feedback from patients, family members, and surgeons led researchers to revise their plan for testing a tool to promote advance care planning.
A health system engages patients and families in every step of research to ensure that the outcomes measured matter to patients’ lives.
What are the best approaches for addressing children’s weight problems? Researchers are looking to families for solutions that have succeeded.
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.
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.