Patient Priorities Care curriculum considers older patients' care goals

This approach can reduce unwanted and unhelpful treatment and may improve outcomes.

ACP, in partnership with the Patient Priorities Care (PPC) team at Yale University, has developed an interactive online PPC curriculum to teach clinicians how to help older patients identify their health outcome goals and how to provide care to help reach those goals. Three independent online learning modules, all eligible for CME and MOC, use scripts and patient scenarios to build the skills necessary to incorporate PPC in practice.

PPC, an approach to care that focuses decision making on older patients' health goals and care preferences, can reduce unwanted and unhelpful treatment, such as medications and diagnostic tests, and may improve outcomes for older patients with multiple chronic conditions. A video explaining the approach is available on the PPC website.

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed positive outcomes for the patient priorities approach, including potential for decreasing unwanted or burdensome care, and provides further validation for the PPC approach used to develop ACP's online curriculum.