Given the advantages that accrue from involving patients and communities in health care, their inclusion is a goal for a learning health care system. Challenges are entailed in promoting this involvement, from changing the existing culture of medicine to creating metrics that accurately measure involvement. As noted in this chapter, there are differences between patient involvement in care and measures such as patient satisfaction. However, these challenges do not prevent a focus on patients in care, and each can be overcome to allow for a health care system that continually improves patient care.
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