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Optimizing Care for People Living with Multiple Chronic Conditions through the Development of Enhanced Care Planning
More than one in four Americans, and two out of three older Americans, are estimated to have at least two chronic physical or behavioral health problems. Treatment for people living with these multiple chronic conditions (MCC) currently accounts for an estimated 66% of the Nation's health care costs. As the U.S. population ages, and as chronic conditions accumulate in the lives of younger Americans, the number of patients with MCC continues to grow.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a long-standing interest in increasing our understanding of how to optimize care for people living with multiple chronic conditions. AHRQ has a multi-year plan to study and implement new approaches for caring for patients with MCC. These approaches aim to promote health and function, reduce the burden of illness, minimize the burden of treatment on patients and caregivers, and support patient goals. One such approach is to help patient care teams develop and use more effective care plans.
Examples of research projects that would be of interest include: The development, implementation and evaluation of enhanced care plans that can be used in diverse settings for diverse populations, including AHRQ priority populations. Or, The development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to share and use contextual data in order to promote care coordination and integration across multiple providers.
Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite qualified researchers to submit grant applications aimed at improving and developing methodology in the behavioral and social sciences through innovations in research design, measurement, data collection and data analysis. Applicants are encouraged but not required to address methodologic issues related to:
Interdisciplinary, multimethod, and multilevel approaches in behavioral and social science research, including broadly applicable approaches that foster integration with biomedical, physical, or computational science research or engineering.
Integrating, mining and modeling behavioral and social science data in combination with genetic, epigenetic, biomarker and imaging data.
Research in diverse populations that are distinctive by virtue of demographics, cultural or linguistic characteristics, sexual orientation or gender identity, health system, mental or physical abilities, underrepresentation in research or other factors, where the outcome would have a significant impact on improving health in that population.
The study of sensitive health-related behaviors in the context of healthcare, the social environment, and local/state/national policies.
Ethics in research, such as informed consent, enrollment of minors including assent, assessment of risk and benefit, selection and retention of participants, privacy and confidentiality.
Advancing the Collection and Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes and Patient Contextual Data to Improve Quality and Outcomes in Ambulatory Care through Health Information Technology
AHRQ intends to support research on how health IT can facilitate the collection and use of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and patient contextual data to improve the quality and outcomes of care in primary and other ambulatory settings.
The effective use of patient-reported outcomes data is anticipated to play a critical role in improving health care delivery and patient experiences with care. In general, there is a need to facilitate the collection and use of PROs and patient contextual data in the primary care context in a manner that is efficient, actionable by the physician, supports patients' engagement with their health and care, and improves clinical processes and outcomes.
PROs and patient contextual data can potentially inform clinical management of individuals, shared decision making, patient self-management support, care planning, goal setting and goal attainment. Use of these data for guiding and improving care may be especially important for patients with multiple chronic conditions, older adults, and people with functional impairments and disability. Examples of potential research include:
Development, implementation, and evaluation of health IT interventions to collect PROs and/or patient contextual data.
Development, implementation, and evaluation of health IT interventions to present and utilize PROs and/or patient contextual data during clinical care to achieve improved quality and outcomes of care including risk modification and adherence to interventions, intermediate endpoints such as blood pressure and glucose control, symptom control, quality of life, and avoidable morbidity and mortality.
Development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to use health IT as a tool to efficiently integrate PROs and/or patient contextual data in care planning and delivery across multiple providers.
Research with individuals in diverse populations and/or with multiple chronic conditions is encouraged.