Patient-centered care requires including their voices in care decisions. So the American College of Physicians has issued a series of principles designed to make those conversations more effective.
The four guidelines were developed by the ACP’s Patient Partnership in Healthcare Committee (PPHC), which includes patients, clinicians and pharmacists. The group surveyed patients and providers to build the principles, in addition to reviewing previous research.
Getting patients more engaged in their care ultimately impacts patient outcomes, Ana María López, M.D., ACP president, told FierceHealthcare.