Letting the Patient Call the Shots

Hallelujah!! Dr. Berwick rocks! But would this sort of radical thinking be encouraged among psychiatrists too??

From the New York Times:

Dr. Berwick, a Harvard pediatrician and president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass., is a leading authority on health care quality. Last month in a national health policy journal, Dr. Berwick published an article titled, “What ’Patient-Centered’ Should Mean: Confessions of an Extremist.” In it, he writes that the United States will require health care systems that are radically different from most of the ones we have today if we are to deliver truly patient-centered care. These systems would transfer control from doctors to the patients themselves.

Some examples of this new model of care? Shared decision-making would be mandatory in all areas of care, with patient preference occasionally putting evidence-based care “in the back seat.” Patients and families would participate in the design of health care processes and services and would be a part of daily rounds. Medical records would belong not to clinicians but to patients, who would no longer have to get permission to look at them or call the doctor for lab results.

Even the word “compliance” would become obsolete.
(emphasis mine)


An interview with Dr. Berwick follows this excerpt here.

2 thoughts on “Letting the Patient Call the Shots

  1. Oh, and to answer your question… I don’t think psychiatrists will join this train of thought. It kind of goes against what they believe in. Every other group gets people talking about “Cure this” or “Cure that” (“Cure Cancer” “Cure CFS”)… with Mental Health, we get, “You’ll always be sick, but take your meds!” it’s assinine.

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  2. Haha, I just read this on Twitter and was going to post it on Beyond Meds…

    You-know-who was not even interested in talking to the neurologists I have spoken with who told me psychiatry is brain-damaging… sigh…

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