Doing your part without having to change your style. Lifestyle that is. The role of patients in patient centered care:

Doing your part without having to change your style. Lifestyle that is. The role of patients in patient centered care:

Traditionally, health care practitioners have sought to unilaterally solve health problems by mandating patient compliance, an approach which commonly alienates patients, and fails to identify barriers to cooperation. Respect for patient autonomy, however, is increasingly becoming a cornerstone of quality healthcare.

The importance of patient autonomy is illustrated by what is called the patient centered primary care movement. The institute of medicine defines patient centered care as “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.” This value has emerged from developing an understanding that patients need health solutions that work for them.

Part of how you can improve the quality and efficiency of your care is by making sure you and your healthcare team understand each other and our working together. For example, before you leave your healthcare office, make sure you understand exactly what is expected of you. This might mean preparing questions in advance, stopping your health practitioner if you do not understand what he or she is saying, and being sure to let them know if you foresee any difficulties in following their instructions.

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  1. I love your new video. Social responsibility for personal health care makes so much sense when analogized to the issue of plastic bags. Thanks for sending me the link. Keep up the good work!

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