Strengthening Patient and Doctor Partnerships Focus of IOM Workshop Proceedings


A new Institute of Medicine workshop summary report explores the importance of patient and caregiver engagement in achieving the best care at a lower cost.  The report is a collection of presentations and discussions from an expert meeting held in February 2013 that examined the critical role patients can play to instill system-wide changes in U.S. health care.  The full report, a four-page summary of the workshop proceedings, and a short video synopsis can be viewed at beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on Aug. 15.  (As a collection of workshop activities, the report presents the insights of event participants and does not contain recommendations or position statements from the IOM.)


Common themes of the workshop were the meaning of informed and shared care decisions between patients and providers, the need for strong leadership to promote culture change, and the types of training that could facilitate clinicians and patients to engage in shared decisions.  The workshop also looked at how to help individuals make informed choices about privacy and security issues related to their health data, build trust and understanding between clinicians and patients to use health data for evidence development, and provide patients with better access to cost and quality health care information. 


Advance copies of Partnering With Patients to Drive Shared Decisions, Better Value, and Care Improvement: Workshop Proceedings will be available to reporters only starting at noon EDT Wednesday, Aug. 14.  The workshop proceedings and related materials are embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 15.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, summary, or video, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail