UC-Davis Study: Costs Cut With Patient-Centered Care
Patient-centered care can help eliminate or reduce unnecessary testing and lower medical costs, according to a UC-Davis Health System study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Researchers tracked for one year more than 500 patients who received care by family physicians and internists and found that personalized discussions and persuading patients to take a more active role in their health led to fewer specialty care visits, hospitalizations and diagnostic services, as well as lower total associated health care charges.
- "Study Links Patients' Role, Cost Savings" (Stockton Record, 7/19).
- "Patient-Centered Care Found To Reduce Medical Costs" (Caffarini, American Medical News, 7/18).