The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation publishes this progress report each year on the research and demonstration site projects we provide support to through funding initiatives. In addition, the Report provides an overview of some of our key research and implementation accomplishments over the past year.
This June, members of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation learning collaborative of shared decision making (SDM) demonstration sites gathered in Boston to meet and share their successes and challenges in implementation. The collaborative, which was formed three years ago, represents a diverse community of both large academic medical centers and private practices throughout the country who are implementing SDM into routine practice using our Shared Decision-Making® program decision aids.
The National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) supports nurse-led care and nurses at the front lines of care. Because of their education and their community connections, advanced practice nurses today are able to deliver high quality and cost-effective services to our most vulnerable populations, the poor and the uninsured. Our member health clinics, run by nurse practitioners, demonstrate this by providing community-based care that is sensitive to patient needs and concerns. NNCC works to help member health clinics meet the costs of providing care to the uninsured and underinsured. NNCC provides expertise to support comprehensive, community-based primary care. Comprehensive primary care goes beyond a provider visit. NNCC takes the lead in developing and running community programs, in partnership with member clinics, which help people lead healthier and safer lives. These programs help avert future health problems and keep healthcare costs from rising further.