Renda S. Wiener, MD
|Institution||Boston University School of Medicine|
|Division||Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine|
|Address||72 E. Concord St Housman (R)|
Boston MA 02118
|Institution||Boston Medical Center|
The goal of my research is to improve how patients, families, and doctors understand, discuss, and make decisions about medical care. Based on my clinical work, I understand why doctors are eager for new strategies to improve patient outcomes. However, we have a tendency to adopt strategies when there is still limited knowledge of the benefits or possible harms. It is essential that we understand these effects before exposing our patients to the harms that may result from management.
Much of my ongoing work focuses on improving patient-centered care and decision-making for the hundreds of thousands of Americans diagnosed with a potentially malignant pulmonary nodule each year. I have received grant funding from the NIH and VA HSR&D to study the impact of the diagnosis of pulmonary nodules on patients’ lung cancer risk perception and health-related quality of life, physicians’ decision-making, and resource utilization in the healthcare system. I am a member of the writing committee for the pulmonary nodule management chapter of the American College of Chest Physician’s Lung Cancer Guidelines, 3rd edition.
I also have ongoing projects, many as collaborations with fellows in our department, to study outcomes and resource use among critically ill patients using large publicly available databases.
- critical care outcomes research
- doctor-patient communication
- health services research
- lung cancer screening
- medical decision-making
- pulmonary nodule management
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