Patient Empowerment

Building Better Metrics: Focus on Patient Empowerment

Over the last century, health care has morphed from a system valuing individual responsibility to one grounded in physician dependency. Patients are viewed as clients who ravenously consume scarce resources, while physicians dispense answers and guidance for a price deemed too high by bureaucrats to be sustainable. Knowing how invested patients are in understanding their conditions and their willingness to take responsibility for their good or bad choices are metrics worth tracking. It is important to remember physicians make recommendations, educate their patients, and would do best by engaging in shared decision making with those patients. That entire process saves money and improves how patients view their quality of care.

2020-05-14T03:19:26+00:00September 27, 2016|Categories: Policy|Tags: , , , |