Politi Begins Study to Inform Kidney Patients of Treatment Options
Mary C. Politi, PhD
, associate professor of surgery, received a three-year contract award from Merck pharmaceuticals to develop tailored, patient-centered education materials to facilitate treatment decisions in patients with Hepatitis C infection and advanced chronic kidney disease. Dr. Politi will work with co-investigators Tinging Li, MD
, associate professor of medicine, and Kevin Korenblat, MD
, professor of medicine, in addition to an external advisory board with other hepatologists, nephrologists and patients. Through this award, the team will create a tailored decision tool for patients with Hepatitis C virus and advanced kidney disease that includes patient education, resources, and a helpful physician discussion guide. This tool will then be tested with patients to test its efficacy, usability, and impact on key patient-centered outcomes. Lastly, the research team will conduct qualitative interviews with stakeholders to understand ways to disseminate the tool into routine clinical practice.