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Invited Commentary
October 7, 2019

Aligning Care With Patient Values and Priorities

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  • 1Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(12):1697-1698. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.4230

In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Tinetti and colleagues1 report on the effectiveness of an intervention that aims to align care with the priorities of older patients living with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). This is necessary because interventions routinely prescribed for younger, healthier, and less frail patients may (1) pursue outcomes that older patients may not value, and (2) not make practical sense in the lives of these patients, overwhelming them. Tinetti and colleagues propose that prioritization may promote care that is less burdensome and better aligned with patient goals.

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