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The hazard of the health care common is communication

Both in and outside of health care certain buzz words and phrases become so ubiquitously used that a shared understanding is assumed despite conflicting perceptions of what these sentiments actually mean. Examples in health care include: shared decision making, quality of life, professionalism, patient-centered care, and evidence-based. Each sounds positive and intuitive — what health care provider perceives her/himself as not professional and patient-centered or not providing shared, evidence-based, quality care that helps people? These traits and activities seem inherent to why one becomes a health care provider in the first place, and therein lies the issue. We say the same thing and...

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