Evolving toward effective and efficient health care decision-making based on health outcomes priorities among adults with multiple health concerns

Dr. Terri Fried and a team at the Yale School of Medicine advocate for a fundamental shift in how patients and physicians think about health care decisions — from a disease focus to one that considers what matters most to the patient. One of the team's core hypotheses was supported by early study results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. According to their research, most older adults would prefer to stop taking a medication for one ailment if it worsens another. "Because of their experience with side effects, older patients can understand the concept of competing outcomes," Fried said. "Prioritizing across all outcomes can help clarify what is most important."

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $224,986.00

Awarded on: 9/28/2007

Time frame: 10/1/2007 - 3/31/2010

Grant Number: 58381


Yale University School of Medicine

333 Cedar Street
P.O. Box 208055
New Haven, 06520-8055


Terri R. Fried
Project Director