VA Center for Clinical Management Research, a VA HSR&D Center of Excellence
|Improving Communication and Decision-Making
|Treatment programs and care plans only work if patients understand them and support the program goals. We research the barriers to clear communication between health care team members and patients, including understanding how people perceive risk and how they make decisions. This research seeks to improve patients’ satisfaction with the health care delivery system and their adherence to treatment plans. Projects have produced:
- A decision tool to help women with breast cancer make choices about therapeutic options, and to help men with prostate cancer choose a treatment plan.
- A new way to obtain patient preferences for colorectal cancer screening in order to enhance the rate of colorectal cancer screening among patients who need it.
Improving Chronic Disease Self-Management
Promoting Patient Centered and Personalized Care
Managing Mental Health Conditions
Enhancing Patient Safety
Preventing Disease and Disability