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Reexamining the Ethics of Personal Responsibility

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010
  • Incentives to promote behavior change should be consistent with the elements of patient-centered care. This means that the incentive structure should support "appropriate patient autonomy and participation in decision making—including the right to refuse treatment”—without worrying about punishment, ACP says.

The road to a healthier future is paved with great intentions. Let's just make sure we're not using punishment, confusion, or other disincentives to push us off that course.

Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at jsimmons@healthleadersmedia.com.
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