Monday, June 8, 2009

Patient Centered Care -- Reality or Fantasy?

There was an interesting piece in last week’s Well Blog of the New York Times. In “Letting Patients Call the Shots,” Dr. Pauline Chen talks with Dr. Don Berwick about his definition of patient-centered care. Many clinicians believe their care is “patient-centered,” but is it really? Are Dr. Berwick’s ideas too radical? Is patient-centered care a really good idea, but just not practical or realistic? Would a true commitment to patient-centered care transform the American healthcare system? What can patients do now to improve their healthcare? The questions seem endless. We’d like to hear what you think.


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