Projects Aim to Improve Decision-making, Communication Between IBD Patients, MDs

Projects Aim to Improve Decision-making, Communication Between IBD Patients, MDs
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and Pfizer recently presented the results of a request for proposals to devise interventions aimed at improving shared decision-making and more effective communication between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients and their doctors. “Research has shown that there are gaps in patient/provider communications, yet there is evidence that shared decision-making can positively affect certain patient outcomes,” Laura Wingate, a senior vice president of the foundation, said in a press release. “While there are tools to support shared decision-making, there are often barriers to implementation.” As a result of this request for proposals, two projects will receive a total of $500,000 from 2018 to 2019 to fund research. Applicants were encouraged to design programs that explored or addressed gaps in communication in areas ranging from lifestyle to social issues and challenges related to determining treatment programs. The winning projects were selected based on their potential to overcome barriers by helping to identify and set up best practices around shared decision-making. The projects also share potential to be easily replicated, broadly disseminated and widely adopted within the IBD community. The projects are titled “Patient and Caregiver Peer Coaching Intervention to Improve Patient Care and Shared Decision-Making between Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Their Health Care Team
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