A new Health Affairs article, written with support from The Commonwealth Fund and the ABIM Foundation call for more efforts to make health care in the US more patient-centered.

The article argues that current efforts are often limited to infrastructure and information technology improvements and that to be truly patient-centered there needs to be a ‘healing relationship’ between physicians and patients.  This means that providers will need to engage in a two-way dialogue with patients and their families, sharing information, exploring patients’ values and helping them with clinical decisions.

While this report is medically oriented and focused on acute care, there are many lessons to be learned by those involved in ageing services.