Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Patient-Centered Collaborative Healthcare

Patient-Centered Collaborative Healthcare "Patient-centered, collaborative care” is healthcare jargon. But underlying the jargon is the principle that a patient who receives such care strongly agrees that “I receive exactly the healthcare I want and need exactly when and how I want and need it.”Currently only about 1 in 4 Americans who have adequate financial resources can make this claim. Think of a pyramid. At the apex is the highest level of “patient-centered, collaborative care.”At the base are measures about “what’s the matter” (from the clinical perspective) and “what matters” (from the patient perspective). As patients and clinicians act collaboratively on these measures, they climb closer to the apex of the pyramid."
Happy patients also make happy doctors !

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