CERTAIN tells the complete story of the healthcare system – the good and bad. It also helps the system learn by applying solutions when bad outcomes are happening too often. The patient's perspective is vital to telling that story. When researchers study healthcare, they usually use information they get from hospitals and doctors, but CERTAIN is different. With CERTAIN, researchers also have information that patients report to create a more complete picture of the care that was received. Only patients can tell if the treatment actually improved their quality of life, or if they were satisfied with the way treatment turned out. That's the most important information in understanding healthcare, and now CERTAIN allows that voice to be heard.
Why is this important to you? Imagine you've been asked to consider having an operation that puts a stent in an artery that is blocked. You are trying to decide if the procedure is right for you. Research can provide information about the procedure, but if researchers are limited to data that comes from hospitals (such how much time people stay in the hospital after the operation) or the clinician (such as whether the stent successfully opened after being placed), the most important information will be missing - the patient's voice. CERTAIN includes the patient perspective (for example, after the stent was placed, I was able to do more of what I like to do), from thousands of patients just like you. This is the information we want researchers to use so that their research is more helpful when we have to make decisions.
Get Involved with CERTAIN!
You can get involved with CERTAIN by participating in one of our research studies or helping us develop future studies by providing your input and experience as a patient. We currently are working with patients with these diseases or conditions:
If you have one of these conditions or diseases, contact us to tell us you are interested in helping us improve healthcare in Washington State!