Features  |   May 2015
Patient-Centered Care: Improving Patient Safety in Anesthesia Through Patient Engagement
Author Affiliations
  • Aimee M. Becker, M.D.
    Committee on Patient Safety and Education
  • Fred E. Shapiro, D.O.
    Committee on Patient Safety and Education
    Chair
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Patient Safety / Features
Features   |   May 2015
Patient-Centered Care: Improving Patient Safety in Anesthesia Through Patient Engagement
ASA Monitor 05 2015, Vol.79, 10-12.
ASA Monitor 05 2015, Vol.79, 10-12.
Physician anesthesiologists are recognized across the health care landscape as leaders in patient safety. Despite increasing surgical case complexity and increasing patient comorbidities, anesthesia outcomes continue to be exemplary. But bad outcomes and major adverse events, while rare, still occur. Despite tremendous effort from our specialty, there is always more work to be done. One key aspect of care we can improve upon is patient engagement.
Recently, patient engagement has been linked positively to several aspects of health care, including improved outcomes, trends toward lower costs and increased patient satisfaction. How can we as physician anesthesiologists engage patients to further foster patient safety?
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