Research and Scholarship

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