eGEMs is launching a new special section on patient-centered clinical decision support (PCCDS) to highlight novel approaches and thinking in this rapidly growing area.

PCCDS is CDS that supports individual patients, providers, caregivers, and care teams in making informed health-related decisions by:

  • leveraging findings from patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), which focuses on decisions and endpoints prioritized by patients; and/or,
  • applying data from individual patients (e.g., patient-generated data) or patient preferences and priorities (e.g., patient-reported data); and/or,
  • supporting informed decision-making by patients and shared decision-making between patients and clinicians.

In our view, patient-centered clinical decision support may be designed to “face” (solicit input from/provide output to) the clinician, the patient, or both.

The new section is the fruit of a partnership between eGEMs and the PCCDS Learning Network, hosted by RTI International and funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

For the new section’s inaugural call for papers, the journal is particularly interested in submissions related to the following tracks:

  • Prioritizing patient-centered evidence for dissemination via PCCDS
  • Designing PCCDS (including decision aids) for the use of patients, caregivers, and care teams
  • Leveraging patient-generated and patient-reported data in PCCDS for clinicians
  • Developing PCCDS that supports shared decision-making between patients and clinicians
  • Ensuring the utility of PCCDS for patients facing barriers stemming from socioeconomic status, disability, or other disadvantages
  • Incorporating genetic/genomic data into PCCDS
  • Strategies and challenges in authoring PCCDS
  • Lessons learned in implementing PCCDS
  • Approaches to measuring PCCDS performance and outcomes
  • Generating system-level learning from PCCDS activities

We’re interested in submissions detailing work from U.S. researchers as well as researchers from around the world. All submissions falling under this call will undergo eGEMs' rigorous double-blind peer review and editorial process before publication, and -- once published -- will be shared with and promoted to an audience that includes government officials, payers, industry, delivery systems, patients and consumers, policymakers, and researchers.

This particular call for papers closes on January 31, 2018. Afterwards, as the section will be a regular feature of eGEMs, opportunities to submit will be ongoing.

Submit your manuscript today at or contact [email protected] with any questions.