One of the chief tenets of reform initiatives involves the notion of patient-centric care. The idea is that patients need to be fully engaged in their care, participating in making decisions and active in the follow-through of treatment.

It sounds as basic, and as inherently correct, as mom and apple pie. And it is flat out hard to accomplish. From the perspective of consumers-patients, we are just beginning to get comfortable with this notion; as consumers of healthcare we often have dwelled as passive recipients, not active participants. And we tend to not engage with the healthcare system until something goes horribly wrong with our health.

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