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July 4, 2017

Can Personalized Care Planning Improve Primary Care?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of General Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs (VA) Portland Health Care System, Portland, Oregon
  • 2Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 3Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 4Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 5Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2017;318(1):25-26. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6953

Personalized care planning, a formal process in which clinicians and patients collaborate in the creation of longitudinal treatment plans, is a frequently mentioned tool to improve the quality and patient-centeredness of primary care for medically complex, high-needs individuals.1 A systematic review of personalized care planning interventions demonstrated small improvements in quality of care for persons with diabetes, hypertension, and asthma; improvements in self-efficacy and self-care; and some improvements in psychological and general health indicators; moreover, interventions were most effective when they were integrated into routine care.2