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Commentary
March 24 2010

Informed Consent to Promote Patient-Centered Care

JAMA. 2010;303(12):1190-1191. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.309

Patient centeredness has become a desideratum of health care reform. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) named it as one of its 6 core attributes of a high-quality health care system.1 The Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System, as well as the theory behind medical homes, emphasizes patient-centered care.2 These calls are the contemporary expression of Francis Peabody's imperative that “the care of the patient is in caring for the patient . . . to engage deeply with patients . . . see the sorrows of severe illness, the hardships and resources of the family, and the circumstances of our patients' lives.”3

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