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Editorial
September 21, 2011

Helping Patients Make Better Personal Health DecisionsThe Promise of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: General Medicine Division, Massachusetts General Hospital; Harvard Medical School; and Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, Boston, Massachusetts.

JAMA. 2011;306(11):1258-1259. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1363

The new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has proposed a working definition of patient-centered outcomes research1 that addresses 4 patient questions: “Given my personal characteristics, conditions, and preferences, what should I expect will happen to me?” “What are my options and what are the benefits and harms of those options?” “What can I do to improve those outcomes?” and “How can the health care system improve my chances of achieving the outcomes I prefer?”

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