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Book and Media Reviews
February 1, 2012

Improving Medical Outcomes: The Psychology of Doctor-Patient Visits

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Harvard University, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts (dennis.rosen@childrens.harvard.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(5):514. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.65

Jessica and Fred Leavitt's book, Improving Medical Outcomes, is an ambitious and far-reaching effort to suggest ways of delivering better health outcomes in a wide variety of areas. Its focus is mostly on lower-level grassroots interventions—those that can be implemented by individual physicians and patients. It does not, for the most part, examine ways in which fundamentally redesigning the health care system as a whole, or some of the frameworks such as health networks or hospitals in which medical care is provided in this country, might lead to added value on a much larger scale.

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