Dr. Lewis Cohen, Director of Renal Palliative Care Initiative, received a $2 million grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a 3-year project, "Shared Decision Making and Renal Supportive Care". Other Baystate investigators include Michael Germain MD and Sarah Goff MD.
This study is based on preliminary research that started with patient, family, and caregiver focus groups, created a tool for predicting mortality, and went on to develop a communication intervention that successfully increased the use of hospice services in several Massachusetts dialysis clinics.
"The project continues the momentum of research and end-of-life innovations for patients with kidney disease that Dr. Germain and I have had over the past 20 years", says Dr. Cohen.
The study involves hemodialysis patients with progressive illnesses at 16 clinics split between Massachusetts and New Mexico, and will be conducted in collaboration with nephrologists from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. The aim is to explore the dissemination of their innovative clinical model throughout the country.