Co-authored by a team of 23 contributors, this book addresses how patients view patient-centered care. Using the Social Determinants of Health as a basis, the book explores if patient-centered care is really being practiced by the country's hospitals and medical practices. The book explores a wide range of issues including how a patient's education, gender and sexual orientation, economic status, age, social circle, and access to healthcare all affect the patient's perception of whether they are receiving the most patient focused care possible. The book also explores how throughout a patient's life, those perceptions change, and what are reasonable expectations of a patient throughout their life. We are all patients, and this book relates to all of us. The book ultimately answers whether the healthcare delivery system is meeting the reasonable expectations of patients, and if so, how, and if not, what needs to be corrected. It is written in an easy-to-understand format with stories to illustrate the topics of the book.
From the pages of Today's Patient, the online monthly magazine of The Power of the Patient Project: The National Library of Patient Rights and Advocacy, this is a collection of contributions from a talented group of columnists, who address the current issues in patient care and medicine in an easy-to-understand way. The book covers a wide range of subjects including wellness and exercise, healthy eating, women's health, men's health, mental wellness, patient rights, understanding treatment options, and improving the patient experience.