Patient-Centered Care

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As patients, we all benefit most from health care that is patient-centered – responding effectively to our individual values, preferences and goals.

Expanding patients' engagement in their care has been shown to help improve both clinical outcomes and the overall health care experience for patients and providers.

Across the nation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is engaging providers, insurers, policy-makers and patients with a shared vision for a health care system that is truly designed around the needs of the people it serves.

Drawing on programs working to advance different aspects of patient-centered care, this collection includes resources aimed at helping to make health care information more accessible, deepen relationships between patients and providers, and provide patients greater ownership of their care.

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Practicing Cultural Humility to Transform Health Care

June 21, 2018 | Blog Post

As clinicians, we must achieve an understanding of our patients to practice “cultural humility” and acknowledge the uniqueness of every individual’s identity.

Tell me a Story: How Patient Narrative Can Improve Health Care

May 1, 2018 | Brief

Patient narratives serve as a means for patients, family members, and caregivers to share their health care experiences and help to improve health care quality in ways that more conventional “report cards” cannot.

Comments from Richard Besser, MD, on Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center New Direction on Patient-Centered Care and Market-Driven Reforms

November 20, 2017 | News Release

Comments were submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, by Richard Besser, MD, RWJF President and CEO, in response to the agency’s request for comments.

How a Swedish Model of Care is Making an Impact in the U.S.

October 5, 2016 | Blog Post

Disease registries designed to support clinical research can be re-imagined to create a new and more effective kind of patient-centered care. Just take a look at Sweden.

Evaluating a Ten-Year Effort to Transform Health Care

September 21, 2016 | Blog Post

Research on RWJF’s quality improvement initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality, shares lessons on the barriers that health collectives face, and how successful cultural shifts have helped transform health systems.