Support for Treatment Decisions

The Peterson Center on Healthcare https://petersonhealthcare.org established by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s new partnership with Northwestern University https://www.feomberg/northwestern.edu. The initiative will be implemented in clinical programs across Northwestern Medicine and will focus on people diagnosed with advanced cancer and chronic kidney disease.

A $2.25 million grant from the Peterson Center to Northwestern is going to help integrate the collection of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) with a Shared Decision-Making (SDM) tool to facilitate more effective, transparent, and informed decision-making. Current measures of quality can fail to measure how patients are functioning physically and emotionally in their daily life.

Patients will provide periodic assessments of their disease symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and emotional well-being so that their doctors and other clinicians can collaborate with them to integrate these measures into a shared plan for a course of treatment.

Over the three year grant period, Northwestern will develop electronic patient and clinician-facing dashboards to support SDM by displaying data such as care plans, PROMs, and overall patient progress.

In 2020, researchers will track the impact of the SDM model on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes and evaluate system-level implementation. The information learned will be packaged into toolkits and training materials for broad disseminations.

“We are delighted to partner with the Peterson Center in order to advance a patient-centered approach to treatment planning and delivery,” said David Cella, Principal Investigator for the Northwestern grant.

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