One promising trend in improving overall care is the growing emphasis on incorporating voices of patients, consumers, and caregivers into the design of programs and policies. Health care is at the beginning of a dialogue with the world on evidence, outcomes, and patient well-being that will transform care.
Teamwork is the buzzword in health care today. There is a growing recognition that patient safety requires doctors, nurses and everyone else who comes into contact with patients to work together.
Far too frequently, though, the patient and his family are left out of the equation. Health professionals have been trained to believe that they alone are responsible for diagnosing, prescribing, and caring for patients, who are supposed to follow orders obediently.
National health reform and cost-cutting by employers is changing the way many workers get health insurance, but a majority of employees may not understand what’s ahead.