Finding What Matters Most to Patients: Forming the Foundation for Better Care

1st Edition

Thom Walsh

Productivity Press
February 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 134 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138339873 - CAT# K394068

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Summary

Research shows that the importance of patient-reported outcomes, measures of care coordination and improved decision support is growing rapidly. This has led to the use of various techniques to arrive at a preference diagnosis, including shared decision making and motivational interviewing.

Using patient-reported outcomes at the point of service helps providers identify what matters most to the patient in front of them now. Describing treatment options and deciphering a patient’s preferences effectively is a process, which has been likened to arriving at a diagnosis. Providers make a medical diagnosis by deciphering a patient’s primary complaints, past history, exam findings, and test results. A preference diagnosis can be thought of similarly. Providers work with their patients to identify what matters most to them, discuss the risks and benefits of the available treatment options, and support the patient as needed through the decision-making process.

This book helps leaders and healthcare providers better understand how to use patient-reported data to their advantage at the point of service. The book provides the background for developing shared knowledge and shared language, along with extensive examples of dialogue between providers and patients. In addition, the book contains personal interviews of subject matter experts who have significant experience using these measures. The result is a comprehensive understanding of this modern healthcare management opportunity.

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