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Stunned that 200,000 people die each year from unintended medical harm, and reeling from the stories shared by her patient advocate friends and colleagues, If "IKEA Designed Health Care: 9 Ways to Partner with Patients" is a passionate plea for cost transparency, better teamwork, and getting patients to "roll up their sleeves and help." "It's a stroke of genius to apply the IKEA model to healthcare," says renowned architect and Target stores product designer Michael Graves, "since this forward-looking company revolutionized home furnishings by creating an efficient partnership between retailer and customer in a smart, cost-effective manner, by design."
"If IKEA Designed Health Care: 9 Ways to Partner with Patients" shares the best advice of top docs like Peter Pronovost and Atul Gawande. . .but it's the personal stories of those who learned to be proactive the hard way that will haunt you. Says Graves, ." . .there's so much good advice here that I have made this book mandatory reading for our design staff."
Pat Mastors, a long-time news and medical reporter, began advocating for patient safety and dignity following the unexpected death of her father in 2006 after a long hospitalization. She helped pass two state laws improving patient safety, serves a patient-family advisor to the national Partnership for Patients, and is creator of a unique bedside patient engagement and communication tool. She has been quoted in USA Today for her "all hands on deck--including patients" approach to achieving better health outcomes. Her writing has appeared in the HealthCare Blog, Kevin MD, Reporting on Health and several major newspapers.
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Pat Mastors is a veteran news and medical reporter, creator of the Patient Pod, a tool used in hospitals to improve medical outcomes, and a patient/family advisor to the federal Partnership for Patients. She was instrumental in passing new patient safety laws and has been quoted in USA Today urging an all hands on deck approach to improving medical outcomes."

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. . .A STROKE OF GENIUS to apply the IKEA model to health care. . .I have made this book mandatory reading for our design staff. And for a patient, the book s advice might just save your life. ---Award-Winning Architect and Designer Michael Graves A tremendous toolkit for getting safe care. . .Mastors is a wonderfully pragmatic mind. There is a lot we physicians can learn from her. ---Marty Makary MD, Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Author of Unaccountable Brilliant. . .the ideas unfold superbly. . .this could be the book that changes things. --- e-Patient Dave deBronkart, author of Let Patients Help I couldn t put this book down. . .sensible and practical advice never before shared. ---Ilene Corina, The Cautious Patient Foundation Had me hooked from the first page. . . ---Fred Lee, Author of If Disney Ran Your Hospital"

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