Research on Aging

Center for Aging, Health, and Humanities

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This study will scale up a multi-modal patient-centered intervention to improve advance care planning
(ACP) for dialysis patients to over 3,500 patients in 50 dialysis clinics. In this study, the objective is to train
50 project teams (consisting of a nephrologist, social worker, and nurse) in how to best conduct ACP and end-of-life conversations. The original study was conducted by Baystate Medical Center. The current
team includes Amanda Nicklas, an adjunct clinical faculty member at GW Nursing and Translational
Health Sciences Ph.D. student at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and partners with the
University of New Mexico, Western Carolina University, and the Medical Technology & Practice Institute,
as well as 50 dialysis clinics.

Researcher: Dale Lupu


Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Board of Governors

My Way stands for “Make Your Wishes About You. My Way research project is testing whether meeting
with a trained coach can help patients with CKD engage in advance care planning. The My Way project is
a randomized clinical trial comparing two ways to encourage advance care planning. In one arm of the study, the nephrology practice gives patients the My Way patient education materials and state-specific
advance directive forms and suggests that the patient initiate a conversation with their doctor. In the
second arm of the study, the patient meets for about an hour with a trained coach to discuss their
values and preferences and, if the patient is ready, translate those into the advance care planning forms.
Funding Source: Greater Value Portfolio of the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.

Researcher: Dale Lupu


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The Pathways Project is leading change in the use of supportive (palliative) care for patients with kidney disease. The Pathways Project is working to transform kidney care for this population so that it lines up
with patient goals, improves the overall quality of life and helps people stay home near the end of life if that is their choice. This includes providing the option of conservative medical management of their
kidney disease without dialysis for patients who prefer this approach. The overall aim is to provide
patient-centered care that aligns with patient goals.

Researcher: Dale Lupu


Funding Source: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

 

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This study will scale up a multi-modal patient-centered intervention to improve advance care planning
(ACP) for dialysis patients to over 3,500 patients in 50 dialysis clinics. In this study, the objective is to train
50 project teams (consisting of a nephrologist, social worker, and nurse) in how to best conduct ACP and end-of-life conversations. The original study was conducted by Baystate Medical Center. The current
team includes Amanda Nicklas, an adjunct clinical faculty member at GW Nursing and Translational
Health Sciences Ph.D. student at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and partners with the
University of New Mexico, Western Carolina University, and the Medical Technology & Practice Institute,
as well as 50 dialysis clinics.

Researcher: Dale Lupu

Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Board of Governors


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