The view that goal setting should be a fundamental part of most health care encounters, particularly for patients with one or more chronic conditions, is gaining ground. Progress has been made in some specific disease areas on how to quantify goal setting and goal attainment. But there is much less progress on how to efficiently measure whether efforts are made to elicit and set goals in a generic way, and across different health conditions. Researchers at The Dartmouth Institute aim to develop a patient-reported measure of collaborative goal setting that is both valid for research efforts and brief enough for use for quality improvement.
Dartmouth Institute researchers are engaging with patients and other key stakeholders to develop a brief patient-reported measure of collaborative goal setting. Measure development is taking place over several rounds of interviews with patients with one or more chronic conditions and consultation with other stakeholders. Following measure development, a grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will support work to validate the measure in clinic settings. Validation testing will take place in 2019, in 10 adult cystic fibrosis care centers in the U.S.