DERBY, Conn., Jan. 5 Although the term patient-centered care has become a buzzword used in virtually every article anddiscussion regarding health care quality, very few health care providers trulyembrace the philosophy. In an effort to provide a comprehensive overview ofthe key components of patient-centered care and illustrative examples,Planetree, an organization that founded patient-centered care 30 years ago,has announced the nationwide release of a new book, Putting Patients First,Second Edition. Published by Jossey-Bass, the book is available in stores andonline at http://www.josseybass.com.
Planetree (http://www.planetree.org) is not-for-profit organization thatpartners with healthcare providers around the globe to advance patient-centered approaches to care. With its model of patient-centered care beingimplemented in a growing community of acute care hospitals, continuing carefacilities, outpatient clinics and consumer health libraries across NorthAmerica and abroad, Planetree is demonstrating that patient-centered care isnot only an empowering philosophy, but a viable, vital and cost-effectivemodel of care.
The new edition includes significant new content with information onfoundations of patient care practice, new case studies, key points at thebeginning of each chapter that identify the learning objectives of thematerial, along with chapter summaries at their conclusion. In addition, keyterms essential to the understanding of the concepts will be identified anddefined. The case studies will also present "real life" scenarios that canserve as opportunities for discussion.
The book's co-editors, Planetree President Susan B. Frampton, Ph.D., andGriffin Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick A. Charmel,have brought together the best minds in patient-centered care as chapterauthors who lend their expertise about shaping attitudes and systems.Frampton, who was recently appointed to the Joint Commission's Expert AdvisoryPanel to guide the process of drafting culturally competent patient-centeredcare standards for the nation's hospitals, opens the book discussing thecurrent landscape of the health care industry and its impact on implementingpatient-centered care. The 15 chapters address a range of topics, includingintegration of complementary and alternative therapies, the business case forpatient-centered care, spiritual and cultural diversity, the physician-patientrelationship, public policy, integrating quality and safety, implementation indiverse settings and breaking down the barriers to patient-centered care.