Improving Patient-Centered Outcomes
Christopher Slatore, MD, MS, of the VA Portland Health Care System conducted the first study to compare patient-centered outcomes of surgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Historically, patients with stage I NSCLC have been treated with surgery whenever they are fit for an operation. Dr. Slatore’s study attempted to capture what patients perceive as the best treatment approach for them, regardless of their fitness for an operation. Dr. Slatore and his team are part of the Early Stage Lung Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research Consortium.
In this ROI-funded grant, Dr. Slatore:
- Compared patient-centered outcomes of SBRT with surgery among patients with early stage NSCLC.
- Surveyed patients with early stage NSCLC and their clinicians to evaluate how communication influences patient-centered outcomes and decision-making.
- Identified strategies to improve patient-centered outcomes for NSCLC and facilitate the use of decision aids and educational materials.
As a result of his ROI-funded study, Dr. Slatore is:
Publications and Presentations
The results of this ROI research award have been presented or published in the following places: