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Contextualizing Patient-Centered Care to Fulfill Its Promise of Better Health Outcomes: Beyond Who, What, and Why

Hanan J. Aboumatar, MD, MPH; and Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH
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From Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Grant Support: By grants K24HL083113 and P50 HL0105187 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-0622.

Requests for Single Reprints: Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, 2024 East Monument Street, Suite 2-500, Baltimore, MD 21287.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Aboumatar and Cooper: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2024 East Monument Street, Suite 2-500, Baltimore, MD 21287.


Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(8):628-629. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-8-201304160-00008
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In this issue, Weiner and colleagues described an approach to analyzing the content of patient–physician communication by measuring whether physicians “contextualize” care plans. The editorialists discuss the study and its findings, which demonstrate that contextualization of patient-centered health care improves health outcomes.

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True patient centered care
Posted on April 17, 2013
D Derauf MD
Kokua Kalihi Valley
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This is a wonderful editorial and hints at the true promise of patient centered care: to enable us all to see that care is a function of family and community first and foremost and that patients themselves are in fact centered in their families and communities and the realities of their daily lives and that we as medical providers will be most effective to the extent that we embrace those realities and find ways to strengthen those elements of our patients lives which are the primary determinants of their health.
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