“In health care systems, too often the incentives are more aligned to keep patients in the dark and not fully involve them in their care decisions,” says Michael J. Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. “Imagine what we could do if we could better align those incentives.”
On May 23 and 24, 2013, nearly 100 stakeholders gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss this critical issue of misaligned incentives and the barriers for fostering patient and family engagement through shared decision making. This thoughtful and productive conversation resulted in The Aligning Incentives Statement, a roadmap of actionable steps toward a health care system where patients and their families are invited to participate and where that engagement leads to higher quality and value of care.
We hope you will join us in this endeavor to create sustainable models of shared decision making around the world by taking the steps necessary to realign incentives for patient and family engagement.