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We read with great interest the comments by Lin and Dudley1 on patient-centered care (PCC) but were struck by the cognitive leap the authors made as they transitioned from a discussion of PCC in the opening paragraph to “high-quality, patient-centered decision making” in the second. While the marriage of high-quality care and PCC seems intuitive, in fact, the current evidence base that PCC improves quality of care or reduces morbidity and mortality is limited.
Ziegelstein RC, Rand CS. The Evidence Chasm. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(3):306. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.540