Benefits and Risks of Patient Understanding of Quality Health Care
Consumers of health care services should understand the need for safe and quality health care. This will go a long way in ensuring that they get satisfaction from the medical attention they get as they will seek the best care providers. It will also positively impact them as they will get patient-centered care (Brown, Stewart, and Weston, 2002). The patients’ preferences will be respected which will boost the kind of care that they get as well as the relations that exist between them, the clinicians and their families.
A patient who is informed of their right to quality health care will receive the best care as they receive accurately and informed information when something goes wrong and the right procedure to follow so as to get the error sorted. They will thus make informed medical choices. These decisions can be on the health plans to adopt, which specialist to go to or what medical procedures will work for them. This is because the patients participate in the treatment decisions affecting them.
Informed patients know their responsibilities, which increases the likelihood of attaining the best outcomes. This is because they collaborate with the clinician and abide by their obligations of disclosing their health information and needs. In addition, this reduces the possibility of medical errors that may threaten their life or worsen their health status.
However, involving the patient in the decision-making process may interfere with the healing process as a patient may choose what is to be done to them instead of what is the best medical attention for them. The practitioner may then have no other option but stick to the patients’ demands. Moreover, despite the fact that patients are today informed on health care, they do not have access to information that can help them make better decisions.
Brown, J. B., Stewart, M., & Weston, W. W. (2002). Challenges and solutions in patient-centered care: A case book. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Radcliffe Medical Press.