Satisfaction With Provider Communication In Recent Study Is Lower In Patient Center-Medical Homes (PCMH) Than Non-PCMH

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A recent blog headline on the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) recently caught my attention.  It was entitled Patient Satisfaction With Medical Home Quality High.  I was intrigued.  I asked myself high compared to what?  Non-PCMH practices? The study, which appeared in the November-December 2013 Annals of Family Medicine, asked 4,500 patients (2009 Health Center […]

Shared Decision Making – Not Ready For Prime Time – Nor Evidently Is Patient-Centered Care

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When it comes to delivering truly patient-centered care…how are providers supposed to know when they have “arrived”?   According to Michael Berry, MD, President of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, providers will know they have achieved the “pinnacle of patient-centered care” when they routinely engage their patients in shared decision-making (SDM). In theory, shared decision-making (aka […]

Five Myths About Empowered Patients Or E-Patients

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[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]Irrational exuberance was a term once used to describe the stock market before the last crash.  It also seems an apt description for much of the talk these days about empowered health consumers. To be sure, patients today have unprecedented access to health information.  Patient decision-support tool can be found on just about […]

One More Reason Patients Ask Doctors So Few Questions

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[tweetmeme source=”Healthmessaging” only_single=false]The most popular post on my blog is entitled Five Reasons Why People Do Not Ask Their Doctor Questions. Well it seems there is a sixth reason. The Reason? I am forever reminded of this when I see my retinal surgeon for follow-up for my surgery to fix a recently detached retina.   Every time […]

Collaborative Decision Making – Is That Always What Patients Want?

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Who’s the doctor here? That was the reply my wife recently got from her medical oncologist in response to a question concerning how long she would be on her current oral chemotherapy drug. Normally such a response would have prompted me to make some kind of “smart remark” to the doctor.   After all, I have […]