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Boise State Researchers to Further End-of-Life Care Communication Among Clinicians and Patients

By: danyalusk   Published 12:23 pm / November 1, 2017

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Kim Martz

Kim Martz, associate professor in Boise State’s School of Nursing, has been approved for a $25,000 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support a project called the “Advanced Care Planning Research Collaborative.”

The award is the first PCORI funded project received by the university and will explore preferences and experiences about communication and planning for end-of-life medical care.

Martz, along with Sarah Toevs, professor and director of Boise State’s Center for the Study of Aging, Meredith St. Clair, adjunct faculty for Boise State’s Master of Health Science program, and Lynsey Juel with Honoring Choices Idaho (HCI), will use the funds provided through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program to build a partnership of individuals and groups who share a desire to advance patient-centered outcomes research focused on advanced care planning.

The research team, in collaboration with Kendall House, a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, and John Ziker, a professor and chair in the Department of Anthropology, are hosting a “design jam” with community members to continue development of patient- or person-centered research questions that will guide the project.

Pipeline to Proposal awards provide individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research the means to develop community-led funding proposals focused on patient-centered research. In 2016, HCI received an award from PCORI and along with researchers from the Boise State Center for the Study of Aging developed relationships with older adults, healthcare providers and other community partners to engage in research focused on meaningful advance care planning.