What Patients And Physicians Really Want From Healthcare (Spoiler: It’s Nearly The Same)

From Forbes:

The “doctor-patient” relationship is tightly woven into the culture and history of medicine. But that special bond is under enormous pressure today. And to keep it from fraying, we need periodically to examine the fabric. Last month, the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), representing 28 of the nation’s largest and best medical groups in the U.S., did just that.

Annually, CAPP sponsors a meeting in Washington D.C. where it invites patients, elected officials, healthcare leaders and policy experts. The day focuses on amplifying the voice of the patient and the physician. This year’s gathering, co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, showed videos of courageous patients fighting and overcoming cancer and offered talks by members of Congress, the Administration and physicians on what is ailing the health of the nation and what can be done to address it.

To prepare for the event, CAPP sponsored focus groups across the country to compare the perceptions of patients with those of physicians about what is most valuable in healthcare delivery.

Focus group participants were asked to rank 22 healthcare delivery attributes, including coordinated care, evidence-based medicine, access, preventive services, value-based care and technology, and categorize each as either most important, of moderate value or of minimal value.

And guess what? At the top of their list were the doctor-patient relationship, evidence-based medical treatment and care coordination. Access and facilities were seen as offering moderate value, with the least importance assigned to technology and preventive services.

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