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January 12, 1994

Through the Patient's Eyes: Understanding and Promoting Patient-Centered Care

Author Affiliations

Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1994;271(2):155-156. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510260087037

The current debate on national health care reform focuses on issues such as universal access to high-quality health care, universal and movable health insurance coverage, capping health care costs, health maintenance organizations, and governmental intrusion into the health care system. After reading Through the Patient's Eyes: Understanding and Promoting Patient-Centered Care, one is left with the impression that even if all of the issues listed above were successfully resolved and implemented, we would still be left with a health care system that many patients would find frustrating, confusing, and impersonal. This book concentrates exclusively on the experiences of hospitalized patients. The research-based conclusions that are reached are distressing.

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