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Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

 

Eastern Colorado GRECC Investigators

20 December 2019

Biography | Recent Publications

Daniel D. Matlock, MD, MPH
Title: Associate Professor, Division of Geriatrics
Contact: Daniel.Matlock@cuanschutz.edu
 
Personal Statement
Dr. Matlock is the Director of the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions at ACCORDS (The Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science). He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative care. His research is aimed at fundamentally changing and improving how patients make decisions around invasive cardiovascular technologies. He has been funded under an NIH career development award, three NHLBI RO1s (two Co-I, one PI), and four PCORI projects studying shared decision making among older adults making decisions around invasive technologies. He has participated in the American College of Cardiology’s shared decision making task force and he is also an active participant of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards writing committee. Recently, he has also been named Director of Implementation Research for the Denver Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center.

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Recent Publications

 Pub: Parental involvement in decision making about intracranial pressure monitor placement in children with traumatic brain injury
4 November 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC Research PI, Dan Matlock, PhD, was a co-author on this paper which set out to "identify the perspectives and decisional or information needs of parents whose child sustained a TBI and may require an ICP (intracranial pressure) monitor." The paper found 3 main themes: "Parents wanted transparency, communication, and information (theme 2), but the life-threatening context of this decision (theme 1) created an environment where all involved reflected a clear preference for paternalism (theme 3)." Read more.

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 Pub: Culture and Sanity at the End of Life
9 July 2019 - Drs. Daniel D. Matlock and Stacy Fisher, CU SOM General Internal Medicine, co-authored an editorial comment on an article lead by Julie Bynum MD, MPH in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The Bynum article, Serious Illness and End‐of‐Life Treatments for Nurses Compared with the General Population, explores healthcare utilization by nurses as compared to non-nurses. Matlock and Fischer discuss the need for a drastic change in how our culture views end-of-life care. If trained, experienced healthcare professionals opt for the similar levels of care (that is "a philosophy that technology can fix everything, and that death is failure") understanding and witnessing the issues of "high-cost, low-value" care in the last months of life then it is only through a flipping of our culture that change might occur. The authors end with, "When the culture is insane, sanity is working counter to that culture." Read more.

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 Pub: Medicare Mandates for Shared Decision Making in Cardiovascular Device Placement
8 July 2019 - Dr. Daniel D. Matlock was a co-author on this paper, "In the interest of promoting patient-centered care within the cardiovascular space, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced requirements for the use of evidence-based patient decision aids. Documented use of these tools, designed to support shared decision making (SDM), is now a condition for reimbursement for 2 cardiovascular therapies: left atrial appendage closure and primary prevention implantable defibrillators for patients with systolic heart failure" Read more.

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