Lewis, Malone, and Pignone receive Shared Decision-Making in Primary Care grant

The grant is from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (FIMDM), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of patient centered care.

Carmen Lewis, MD, MPH, and her colleagues Robert Malone, PharmD, CDE, CPP, and Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, of the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, were just awarded the Shared Decision-Making in Primary Care grant from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (FIMDM) in the amount of $200,000 per year over three years.   The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (www.fimdm.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of patient centered care. 

With funding from the grant, Lewis and colleagues will explore implementation methods for multiple patient decision aids from the FIMDM decision aid library as part of usual care in the UNC General Internal Medicine practice.  Patient decision aids are educational tools designed to promote patient centered care by encouraging shared decision making.  The project will develop a sustainable decision aid delivery and follow up system that will be fully integrated into clinical flow.  Innovative use of technology will allow patient entered data, such as current symptoms, to be combined with clinical and administrative data to identify patients who would benefit from using a decision aid for identified health topics.  Continuous quality improvement techniques will be utilized to determine the most effective methods for implementation and for improving measures of patient centered care.