Putting Patients on the Health Care Team

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.