Editor's Column Unless you have been living on a deserted island for the past several years, you have undoubtedly heard the term patient-centered care more times than you can remember. It's one of those nice, warm, and fuzzy phrases that we assume we understand, and that we agree sounds important, so ... Editorial
Editorial  |   May 01, 2014
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Editorial   |   May 01, 2014
Editor's Column
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, May 2014, Vol. 21, 3-4. doi:10.1044/arri21.1.3
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, May 2014, Vol. 21, 3-4. doi:10.1044/arri21.1.3
Unless you have been living on a deserted island for the past several years, you have undoubtedly heard the term patient-centered care more times than you can remember. It's one of those nice, warm, and fuzzy phrases that we assume we understand, and that we agree sounds important, so it should certainly be an integral aspect of all health care. And, in fact, audiologists representing several professional organizations at the Changing Health Care Landscape Summit held at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) National Office late in 2012 were unanimous in their recommendation that patient-centered care should immediately be given high priority and infused into all aspects of professional education and practice in our field. Like many things in life, however, that is something more easily said than done. For starters, if one “googles” patient/person-centered care1  (PCC), the descriptions of what it can entail cover the gamut from gardens outside patients' windows to access to one's electronic health records, and those are just some of the more peripheral changes that are designed to make everyone feel better about the health care they receive.
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