About the “Deciding Together” Decision Aid

Our LVAD Decision Aid was made through the collaboration of an interdisciplinary team and is funded through the generous support of The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

This award allowed us to speak to LVAD patients, caregivers, and clinicians to figure out what patients want to know when making decisions about LVAD therapy. In all, we completed over 80 patient, caregiver, and clinician interviews to inform the creation of this decision aid.

To learn more about our methods during this process, please download the document here. To read more about our implementation study for this decision aid, click here. We strive to meet any and all decision aid standards set forth by IPDAS.

About this site and the Heart Mate 3 Risk Score

The creation of this website from our “Deciding Together” decision aid and its integration with the Heart Mate 3 Risk Score was made possible by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (grant number R01HS027784).

The Heart Mate 3 Risk Score was developed and validated from the MOMENTUM 3 trial population to predict mortality for patients undergoing implantation with the Heart Mate 3 LVAD. To read more, click here. The Heart Mate 3 Risk Score validation studies, team, and funding are separate from that of the patient decision aid.

About our Research

You can learn more about our research and related publications here.

To contact us, please email Dr. Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby at
“Things are different. I’m used to being more independent and now I depend more on others. But that can bring people closer as well.”
Brenda, LVAD Patient
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