Simulations for Patients May Strengthen Chronic Care

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Enrolling patients with chronic conditions in simulations of their everyday care may reduce the number of these patients that are readmitted for noncompliant behavior, according to a viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 

The author suggests some noncompliant behavior may be a result of poor understanding of necessary care steps on the part of the patient and his or her family members.

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In light of the success of simulation in physician training, the author suggests implementing care simulations from a patient perspective may prove useful in ensuring patients understand their care. While the logistics of such a program might be challenging at first, the viewpoint notes reallocating resources from communications currently known to be ineffective could prove beneficial.

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