The Case for Patient-Centered Care in Orthopaedics

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Now is a critical time to develop a patient-centered care model in the field of orthopaedic surgery. Patient-centered care is defined by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as the provision of safe, effective, and timely musculoskeletal care achieved through cooperation between the orthopaedic surgeon; an informed, respected patient (and family); and a coordinated health care team. Patient-centered care, a paradigm shift from diseasecentered care, is being championed by government agencies, patient advocacy groups, and insurance companies. Orthopaedic organizations must develop a comprehensive education program to provide surgeons the tools they need to navigate this paradigm shift.

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