Practice what we preach: Beginning a journey to embrace patient-centered outcomes research

Huey Ming Tzeng, Bridget E. Hawkins, Anne Howard, Sharon Woodfox-Ryan, Aisen Chacin, Maribel M. Marquez-Bhojani, Kenneth M. Johnson, Michelle Sierpina, James Grant, Deborah J. Jones, Lorraine S. Evangelista

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Background: Patient-centered outcomes research seeks to answer patient-centered questions. The process includes varied locations and individuals throughout the care continuum to address individual differences and constraints in implementation and dissemination. Problem: This paper intends to answer this question: do academic nurses practice what they preach by assisting patient-centered outcomes research and researchers through their engagement with patients, caregivers, and other community stakeholder partners in nursing research? Approach: This paper provides an overview of how academic nurses in a single institution (the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Nursing) began to embrace patient-centered outcomes research. Conclusion: Whether academic nurses are practicing what they preach in terms of patient-centered outcomes research remains uncertain. More examples from academia are required to make that determination. Academic nurses worldwide have embarked on a steep learning curve to embrace patient-centered outcomes research. This journey will require patience and a systematic strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)728-740
Number of pages13
JournalNursing Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Community engagement
  • Fall prevention
  • Patient engagement
  • Patient-centered outcomes research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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