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Countries have a long way to go in ensuring that health care is patient centred

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1192
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

    Patient centred health care engages patients as active partners in their treatment, is coordinated rather than fragmented, and is comprehensive, Karen Davis, president of the UK US healthcare charity the Commonwealth Fund, told a conference in Washington, DC, last week.

    She said, “There is some evidence that a high [score] on patient centred care is correlated with health outcomes.” Much of the delivery of health care, particularly for chronic conditions, is on an outpatient basis. A patient centred approach results in better compliance with the treatment regimen, she explained.

    An international study of patients' satisfaction conducted by the fund last year in six countries found that …

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