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August 22, 1977

A Planned System of Patient Education

JAMA. 1977;238(8):878-879. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280090042019

A planned system of patient education is now used in more than 70 group clinics, hospitals, and other health care institutions. Essential features of this system are (1) a patient education center, (2) a patient educator, and (3) patient education programs. Structured programs are especially useful in the management of chronically ill patients. Patients have responded enthusiastically to this planned system. The response of physicians has ranged from enthusiastic to resistant.

(JAMA 238:878-879, 1977)