In Reply While there is no doubt that social and behavioral factors are central contributors to health, Dr Yunyongying and colleagues advance a false dichotomy between physician professionalism and patient-centered care. An acknowledgment that patient-related social and economic barriers are important for health is not at odds with professionalism but rather consistent with and perhaps dependent on it; the heart of professionalism is caring for patients in a way that best meets their needs.
Khullar D, Wolfson D, Casalino LP. Patient-Centered Performance Metrics—Reply. JAMA. 2019;321(18):1829–1830. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.2080
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