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Identifying and Acting on What Matters to Patients: An Introduction to Patient Priorities Care

Learn about Patient Priorities Care.
Fall Registration

September 27, 2023 Online

CE: 1.0 contact hours

Join Dr. Melissa deCardi Hladek for a live webinar on the topic of Patient Priorities Care. A family nurse practitioner (FNP) whose expertise includes self-efficacy and resilience, Hladek will provide valuable insights on ways to implement shared decision-making with older patients. There will be 45 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of live Q&A. The recording of the webinar will be made available as an on-demand presentation within a week of the live event.

Event Details
  • Webinar Details

    When: Sept. 27, 2023, 1-2 p.m. ET (12-1 p.m. CT).

    Where: Online, via the AANP CE Center.

    Cost: Free for AANP members and $5 for non-members.

    CE Credit: This activity is approved by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) for 1.0 contact hours (CH) of continuing education (CE) credit. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

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    About the Webinar

    Patient Priorities Care helps patients and clinicians focus all decision-making and health care on what matters most — patients’ health priorities. This model of care was developed by clinicians, patients, caregivers, health system leaders and payers.

    Patient Priorities Care is particularly well-suited for older adults who must manage multiple conditions and navigate multiple clinicians. People with multiple conditions receive a lot of care that is often burdensome and may not address what matters most to them. Patient Priorities Care recognizes that, when faced with tradeoffs, older adults differ in their own health outcome goals (what they want to achieve from their health care) and in their care preferences (what they can do to achieve their goals). Patient Priorities Care is not a new care model. Rather, it has the tools to help patients and clinicians better do what they want to do — tailor care to what matters most to each person.

    Patient Priorities Care resources address the What Matters "M" — the core element of the Age-Friendly Health Systems (AFHS) 4Ms Framework: What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility.


    • Communicate the basic tenets of the Patient Priorities Care approach and how it aligns with Age Friendly Health Systems and 4Ms.
    • Explain the value and goal elicitation process that leads to identification of actionable goals, health care preferences and the one thing that matters most.
    • Gain a preliminary understanding of aligning care with what matters most with emphasis on shared decision-making principles and troubleshooting.
    • Describe how Patient Priorities Care is used to address health inequities and foster trust with the patient.
  • Speaker
    Melissa deCardi Hladek PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC

    Melissa deCardi Hladek, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC

    Melissa deCardi Hladek is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a practicing FNP. Her research centers on how stress, self-efficacy and sociocultural factors influence the biology of aging, chronic disease and frailty. Hladek’s current research focuses on: 1) biological underpinnings of self-efficacy and resilience; 2) adaptation of a person-environment, patient-directed intervention to improve end stage renal disease-related outcomes; and 3) dissemination of a structured approach to center patient goals in shared decision-making with older adults, especially older Latinos. Since 2004, Dr. Hladek has worked with primarily Spanish-speaking communities, and she is currently an FNP at Esperanza Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She is president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-DC Metro Chapter and an advisor for the Latinx Health Advocacy Group at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.