PCMH: Shouldn't Patients Have Their Say?
Langston believes that the despite the headline findings in the research study, the PCMH is far from discredited. In fact, its many attributes are highly sought after by older adults, who like the concept of team-based care. He cites the Hartford Foundation's recently released poll results as evidence.
Among the top findings, he notes, is that only 27% said they currently receive well-coordinated care. Of that group, some 83% said that team care has improved their health.
And among older adults who are not currently receiving this type of care, 61% said they believe team-based care would improve their health and 73% want this type of care. The research was conducted nationwide over four days in January and February, and surveyed 1,107 adults 65 and older.
"Not very many older people are getting the elements to the PCMH," says Langston. "Those who do think it's very helpful to improving their health, which we think is a pretty high standard for people to endorse. Even people who weren't getting it thought these elements had a potential to benefit their health."
Of course, it's a poll, not a peer-reviewed study, but as the most expensive cohort for healthcare spending, shouldn't policymakers—and physicians, for that matter, listen to people over 65 about what they want from their healthcare too?
Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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