In patient-centered care, where does family fit?

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The opinions of family members can affect a patient’s decisions about their medical care, but how can a physician respect the wishes of the patient while also including the patient’s family members who play a role in major life decisions, such as care planning?

The January issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics explores patient- and family-centered care as a movement toward participatory medicine that values the opinions of and relationships between patients and their family members.

Articles featured in this issue include:

In the journal’s January podcast, Kelly Parent, the patient-and family-centered care program specialist for quality and safety at the University of Michigan Health System, discusses what makes patient- and family-centered care an inclusive approach to health care delivery and how this approach is being implemented.

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