Patient-centered outcomes

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Patient-centered outcomes are outcomes from medical care that are important to patients. The medical community/research focuses on the standard metrics related to survival and physiological outcomes (how well is the part of the body being treated?). In patient-centered outcomes research, they also focus on outcomes important to patients such as quality of life.[1] In other words, the care experience is viewed through the eyes of patients[2] and their support groups to ensure that their concerns are also addressed.

United States health policy[edit]

Patient-centered outcomes research was mandated by Section 6301 of the United States Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which established the private, nonprofit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to set a national agenda for identifying priorities in patient-centered outcomes research that will help healthcare providers and payers make informed decisions about how to treat patients effectively without wasteful overspending.[3]

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  1. ^ Curtis, JR (1998). "The 'patient-centered' outcomes of critical care: What are they and how should they be used?". New horizons 6 (1): 26–32. PMID 9508255. 
  2. ^ Digioia, Anthony; Lorenz, Holly; Greenhouse, Pamela K.; Bertoty, David A.; Rocks, Suzanne D. (2010). "A Patient-Centered Model to Improve Metrics Without Cost Increase". Journal of Nursing Administration 40 (12): 540–6. doi:10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181fc1. PMID 21084890. 
  3. ^ Davis, Caralyn (30 March 2010). "Health reform targets patient-centered outcomes". FierceHealthcare. FierceMarkets. 

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