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September 26, 2001

Patient Preferences and Health Disparities

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School; and the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 2001;286(12):1506-1509. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1506

Preference-based care is transforming the patient-clinician relationship. In a traditional management model physicians make treatment decisions, while in the preference-based paradigm patients choose the treatments that best conform to their values.1,2 The preference model fulfills a fundamental tenet of high-quality care—that the patient should be involved in decisions concerning the care process.3,4