In addition to treating illness, health care’s goal must be to promote prevention and well-being as well as to provide support in virtually all aspects of life.
Most health systems in the United States aim to deliver “patient-centered care,” although the term, admittedly, has been interpreted in many ways since its rise to prominence more than 20 years ago. We subscribe to the definition of patient-centered care offered by Ronald Epstein, M.D., and Richard Street Jr. as involving “deep respect for patients as unique living beings and the obligation to care for them on their terms.”
We also believe that to accommodate true patient-centered care, the focus of our health care system must shift from only treating disease to also creating health and well-being. This requires adopting a new, integrated model that helps people fulfill their own health needs — an achievement that will ultimately deliver the cost and quality outcomes that health managers seek.
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- On August 18, 2016
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