Patient-centered care is care that respects and responds to the individual patient's preferences, needs, and values and ensures that clinical decision incorporates patients' values. Patient-centered care may have important benefits for patients via improved communication, appropriate intervention, enhanced satisfaction and patient reported outcomes, as we as biomedical outcomes. Our research focuses on all aspects of patient centered care and outcomes.
Our goal is to examine the trade-offs among economic efficiency, equity and quality of care and related health services and policy questions. Our research has implications for understanding and eliminating health disparities across race, ethnicity, income, and age. Our research is applicable to several key foci of health services research: preference assessment, comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, health disparity, regulatory economics, resource economics, quality of life, and aging.
Our research encompasses micro and macro levels of health policy issues of the elderly, particularly prostate cancer and other urological diseases.