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Communication & Decision-Making

Testing strategies to enhance decision making and communication in ways that improve patient well-being and align care with patients’ values and preferences.


How does the PAIR Center support patient and care partner communication and decision-making?

Researchers at the PAIR Center examine how clinicians communicate serious illness diagnoses and care options, and how patients and their care partners react and respond. We seek to empower patients and their care partners to make choices that best promote their goals. We commonly focus on how behavioral economic strategies—the psychological, contextual, and social factors that influence human decision making—can be used to increase the chances that patients’, care partners’, and clinicians’ decisions improve patients’ health, without compromising patient or clinician autonomy.

What about clinician communication and decision-making?

PAIR Center investigators are also experts in health informatics and in developing clinical decision support tools and other algorithms that aid in diagnosis, prognostication, and decision making. In short, we develop mathematical models to help clinicians predict outcomes, communicate these predictions to patients, and use this information to arrive at treatment decisions that optimize patient care.

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Learn more about the faculty, staff, students, and trainees that bring the PAIR Center’s research to life.