The research of Annie LeBlanc, Ph.D., centers around the way health care is delivered in clinical encounters between clinicians and patients, from chronic to acute conditions, in primary and specialty care.
Specifically, she focuses on the generation and synthesis of knowledge, and its translation into practice through the design, evaluation, implementation and sustainability of patient-centered interventions, such as shared decision making, and their impact on patient-important outcomes.
Dr. LeBlanc currently leads the Wiser Choices Program of the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit and serves as director of the Practice Intervention Core of the Health Care Delivery Research Program in the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
Dr. LeBlanc's work has been supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other national and international organizations.
- Knowledge synthesis
- Evidence-based medicine and practice
- Shared decision making
- Patient-centered care
- Implementation and sustainability of change in clinical practices
Significance to patient care
The work done by Dr. LeBlanc in her research is crucial to the advancement of patient-centered care. Because clinical practice is complex in nature, her studies examine ways in which the patient and clinician can better engage in conversations that allow them to partner together to create coordinated care focusing on patient-important outcomes. The conversations from her interventions aim to facilitate the transfer of evidence-based knowledge from clinician to patient for better decision making, bring forth the patient's values and preferences, and ensure that the care provided meets and adheres to those principles.
- Scientific Chair, 7th International Shared Decision Making Conference, Peru, 2013
- Member, Steering Committee, Minnesota Shared Decision Making Collaborative, 2010-present
- Postdoctoral Scholarship in Knowledge Translation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2010-2012
- Doctoral Scholarship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2006-2010
- Fellowship, Summer Institutes on Informed Patient Choice, Dartmouth College, 2007-2010 (four consecutive years)