Author Affiliations: General Medicine Division, Massachusetts General Hospital; Harvard Medical School; and Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, Boston, Massachusetts.
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?”
Barry MJ. Helping Patients Make Better Personal Health DecisionsThe Promise of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. JAMA. 2011;306(11):1258-1259. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1363