Simulations for Patients May Strengthen Chronic Care

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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