Patient Priorities Care: Introduction to Patient Priorities-Aligned Decision Making
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To increase clinicians’ awareness that guideline-driven, disease-focused care may not provide optimal outcomes for older patients, and to introduce clinicians to the skills necessary to provide patient priorities-aligned care.
- Incorporate patient priorities—health outcome goals and healthcare preferences—into clinical decision-making about continuing current treatments or starting new treatments.
- Incorporate overall health trajectory and prognosis into discussions with patients to inform potential care options.
- Describe the key tradeoffs of short-term burden versus long-term potential benefit and incorporate these tradeoffs into clinical decision-making.
- Discuss and implement strategies to reduce complexity of care and minimize treatment burden without compromising patient priorities and health outcomes.
This work is generously funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.