Collaborative care programs help patients with treatment decisions

02/5/2008 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

More patients are gaining access to collaborative care programs, in which hospitals and providers work together to help patients learn about less-invasive treatment and surgical options at the same visit. "You can create all kinds of team partnering arrangements that make decision-making easier for patients and integrates care so there's less fragmentation. It saves patients time and heightens the quality of care by giving patients choices," an American Hospital Association spokesman said.

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