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German Achievements and Goals for Patient-Centered Care

Patient-centeredness was successfully advanced through the 2013 Patients' Rights Law, according to a new report from the German Commissioner for Patients and for Nursing. This law standardized all rights and responsibilities within the framework of medical treatment, such as the right to comprehensive and understandable patient information and the right to make informed decisions based on a respectful clinician-patient-partnership. Commissioner Karl-Joseph Laumann also pointed to improved services offered through Independent Counseling Germany that provide better medical and legal health-related information to patients. Laumann called for further work to foster patient-centered care, including the need to train more primary care physicians, strengthen the roles of other health care professionals, especially nurses, and improve patients’ access to electronic health records.

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