A unique feature of the aging work our geriatricians and researchers do includes a Patient and Family Research Advisory Panel run by a multidisciplinary team of geriatrician and geriatric specialist to cultivate a voice amongst patients and family members to advise health care research and patient care. Led by Dr. Dan Matlock, the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions takes a broad view of shared decision making and brings together multidisciplinary expertise in development of materials, measurement of outcomes, and implementation into practice settings. This group has a track record of funding from private foundations, the American College of Cardiology, the NIH, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Some of the tools they have developed are available at patientdecisionaid.org.
Primary Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Research
Primary care settings are well-equipped to improve advance care planning for older adults and care for individuals with serious illnesses. Led by Dr. Hillary Lum, our work focuses on designing, testing and implementing novel interventions such as advance care planning group visits and electronic health record-based tools. We work closely with the health care system and community partners to engage patients and families in meaningful conversations. Learn more at ColoradoCarePlanning.org or email ColoradoCarePlanning@cuanschutz.edu.