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Patient Preferences and Health Disparities

Katz, J. N. (2001) Patient Preferences and Health Disparities. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 286 (12). pp. 1506-1509. ISSN 00987484

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Preference-based care is transforming the patient-clinician relationship. In a traditional management model physicians make treatment decisions, while in the preference-based paradigm patients choose the treatments that best conform to their values. The preference model fulfills a fundamental tenet of high-quality care—that the patient should be involved in decisions concerning the care process. In addition to respecting patient preferences, another key health care priority is the elimination of well-documented racial, ethnic, and sex disparities in use of health care resources. While preference-based care and health care disparities have received considerable attention over the last decade, there has been limited inquiry into how these issues relate to each other. Moreover, it is possible that preference-based care may reinforce the very inequities and disparities that health care policy makers have pledged to remedy.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: blacks, delivery of health care, patient preference, patient satisfaction
Subjects: Health > Disparities
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 19:10
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2011 19:10
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2921

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