Author Affiliation: University of California, San Francisco Department of Family and Community Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco.
The governing design principle of the US health care system has been described as an “edifice complex” and a “field of dreams” complex—if the health system builds it, the patients will come. This clinician-centric approach to the design of delivery of health care is obsolete, contributing to health care of inferior quality and excessive cost. To meet the patient-centered needs of a modern health care system, the United States should consider adopting the Bauhaus design principle of “form follows function.”
Grumbach K. Redesign of the Health Care Delivery SystemA Bauhaus “Form Follows Function” Approach. JAMA. 2009;302(21):2363-2364. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1772