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Exploring Clinician Experiences with Patient Priorities Care

  • February 21, 2024

Exploring Clinician Experiences with Patient Priorities Care

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‘I’m Acknowledging and Bearing Witness to My Patient’s Concern’: Exploring Clinician Experiences with Patient Priorities Care

By Crystal Gwizdala

A clinician is talking into an open laptop about Patient Priorities Care.

A new qualitative study identified common themes among clinicians treating older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Clinicians agreed that multiple chronic conditions complicate care, making it challenging to care for this population. To a lesser extent, clinicians also mentioned that a patient’s negative experience and lack of trust in the health care system is also a challenge.

Through virtual case-based coaching sessions, clinicians discussed how Patient Priorities Care addresses these challenges. Patient Priorities Care is an age-friendly approach to health care that focuses decision-making on what matters most: patients’ own health priorities.

“Case-based discussions allow health professionals and trainees to participate in active learning,” says Jennifer Ouellet, MD, assistant professor of medicine (geriatrics). “They get to apply the Patient Priorities Care tools to their own patient cases, leaving with a sense of empowerment to enact a change in clinical decision making.”

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