Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Survey: Doctors Favor Patient-Centered Care, Few Practice It

Survey: Doctors Favor Patient-Centered Care, Few Practice It: "A gap exists between knowledge and practice—between physicians' endorsement of patient-centered care and their adoption of practices to promote it, the authors say. Physicians reported several barriers to their adoption of patient-centered care practices, including lack of training and knowledge (63%) and costs (84%). Education, professional and technical assistance, and financial incentives might facilitate broader adoption of patient-centered care practices. 'With the right knowledge, tools, and practice environment, and in partnership with their patients, physicians should be well positioned to provide the services and care that their patients want and have the right to expect,' the authors conclude."

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