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Patient-centered care means treating the individual

Dan MunozI hope you’ll take the time to check out our podcast project, The Heart of Caring, which highlights stories that deepen our understanding of patient- and family-centered care. A recently added story comes from physician Dan Munoz, who recalls a decision about whether to place a 99-year-old patient on a ventilator. It’s often considered humane to withhold invasive procedures on patients whose lives appear near the end. But as Dan points out, clinicians need to make sure that they carefully weigh the case of each patient as an individual rather than make decisions based solely on age or other such factors.

Dan tells the story so eloquently in the recording below:

If you have an experience of patient- and family-centered care to share in a podcast, please e-mail Elizabeth Tracey at [email protected] with a short description. She will respond to discuss the possibility of recording your story.

Or, if you prefer to have your story in written form only, just post it to this blog as a comment.


Peter Pronovost

One of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety, Peter Pronovost served a the director of the Armstrong Institute, as well as senior vice president for patient safety and quality, at Johns Hopkins Medicine from 2011 until January 2018.

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