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Patient-Centered Care: It Takes a Village

Efforts to improve patient-centered care have focused on infrastructure and information technology support. However, a true patient-centered approach depends on healing relationships among physicians, patients, and family, with a strong foundation of communication and shared decision-making, according to a new Commonwealth Fund–supported study. Health policy should focus on multiple means for improving healing relationships, including training health care professionals and activating and enabling patients to participate in their care, the researchers say.

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