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May 14, 2019

Patient-Centered Performance Metrics—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Healthcare Policy & Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 3American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2019;321(18):1829-1830. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.2080

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.

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