Voicing Outcomes Important to Care (VOICe)

A Research Study funded by PCORI

The  Voicing Outcomes Important to Care (VOICe) project compares one-on-one interviews and a group brainstorming process called concept mapping to see which is more effective and efficient in identifying what outcomes matter to patients.

There is increasing national focus on the importance of developing more patient-centered healthcare systems, in which patients have options about when, where, and how they receive their care. To date, however, most researchers and clinicians focus on that they think is important to patients instead of asking patients directly. The VOICe project compares one-on–one interviews and a group brainstorming process called concept mapping to see which method is more effective and efficient in identifying what outcomes matter to patients. The findings from this study will help inform researchers and clinicians how to best engage patients in helping to design a truly patient-centered healthcare system.

About VOICe

The VOICe project compares one-on–one interviews and a group brainstorming process called concept mapping to see which method is more effective and efficient in identifying what outcomes matter to patients. The findings from this study will help inform researchers and clinicians how to best engage patients in helping to design a truly patient-centered healthcare system.

For Participants & Community Members

For a long time, researchers have measured what they think is important to patients instead of asking patients directly.

We will work with our patient advisory board to ensure that we share information that is important and understandable to patients. 

For Researchers & Clinicians

Despite a national focus on improving patient centeredness, most research continues to measure things that are thought to be important to patients rather than directly engaging patients to identify important outcomes.

The research team and PAKSAB members will also facilitate three concept mapping groups.