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Empowering Patients with the Right Kind of Knowledge

William Borden, MD, associate professor of medicine and health policy at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, published commentary in the journal JAMA Cardiology to accompany a study on the public reporting of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) outcomes.

The study found that reporting of PCI outcomes was largely irrelevant and inaccessible to patients. It also did not impact physician decision making, failing in its main objectives. However, Borden believes PCI outcome reports, as well as other medical information, can be improved by focusing on the decisions patients make as a result of the data being provided. 

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“Perhaps the best approach moving forward is to combine data that focuses on procedural outcomes, as well as holistic disease outcomes. As a patient, I care about the results of a procedure, and even more, I care about the outcomes of my entire course of treatment,” said Borden, who is also chief quality and population health officer at the GW Medical Faculty Associates.