December 2020 | Volume 2
I’ve said it often enough over my career: let patient experience and perspectives be our guide in all things. Skepticism still exists: "patients want everything for nothing," "patients don’t have the training to understand the complexities of science," "patients won’t be willing to make tradeoffs." All myths. Just as many examples demonstrate the opposite. Care delivery and outcomes improve when patients are partners in designing care and education. Resources are better spent on care that is relevant to patient goals and priorities for health and quality of life. Science is better informed when patients are at the table and active participants in defining the questions and the endpoints. If we accept the facts, then we have one more table at which to open a seat: evaluation of value and application to benefit design and access. Patients have been outside of these processes for too long. Let 2021 be the year that patients take their rightful place as partners in defining the future of health.
Too Big To Ignore: 7 Recommendations To Address Our Growing Mental Health Crisis
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the US was already experiencing a mental health crisis, with historically high rates of suicides and overdoses devastating families nationwide. Data suggest the events of 2020 have only exacerbated that crisis.
Let patients speak for themselves on the Biden task force and elsewhere
Ever since President-elect Biden named his Covid-19 task force, advice for improving its makeup has poured in from all quarters. A recent op-ed by two nurses chided Biden to add a nurse to the task force in part because nurses “give voice to patients.” 
Improving Access and Quality of Health Care in the United States: Shared Goals Among Patient Advocates
Dissatisfaction with past research and health care decision making that is not relevant or responsive to patient needs and preferences has led to a movement toward patient centricity in the US and around the world.
Researchers, patients, and other stakeholders’ perspectives on challenges to and strategies for engagement
There is growing interest in patient and stakeholder engagement in research, yet limited evidence about effective methods. Since 2012, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has funded patient-centered comparative effectiveness research with a requirement for engaging patients and other stakeholders as research partners in study planning, conduct, and dissemination.
‘It’s really on them to learn’: How the rapid rollout of AI tools has fueled frustration among clinicians
Hospice nurse Deborah Carlson had been hesitant to embrace the artificial intelligence tool her health system introduced earlier this year. She knew next to nothing about its inner workings, its accuracy, or its reliability. Then, it correctly predicted the death of a patient she thought seemed stable – and Carlson found herself questioning her judgement.

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