The goal of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Initiative (PACO) is to create a replicable model of patient-centered care so as to improve the patient’s treatment with rheumatoid arthritis and ultimately, yield improved outcomes. This patient-centered focus enhances patient-doctor communication as well as improves patient self-management, compliance, and satisfaction with their care. Components of PACO include a Patient Advisory Committee, interviews with rheumatologists and fellows, occasional seminars, as well as a health log to ensure a thorough and efficient visit with the physician. This PACO program is unique in that it not only helps patients better understand their disease but also helps physicians and other healthcare providers better understand their patients.
The chief goal of Patient Rheumatoid Arthritis Social Support Initiative (PARASS) is to create innovative social support services for RA patients. In doing so, the PARASS study promotes a thorough understanding of the disease from the patient’s perspective as well as from that of the physician. PARASS is composed of a Patient-to-Patient Connection, and includes a video journaling aspect so that patients may share their stories about living with RA.