Here is another ridiculously obvious statement from an article in the American Medical News:
Achieving superior clinical outcomes often depends less on physicians making the right diagnosis and recommending the correct treatment and more on their patients’ willingness to take the necessary steps to maintain or improve their health.
And this is written by Kevin O’Reilly, a friend of mine. C’mon man, you’re better than that. Yes, ultimately, it is the patients with the problems and they are the most important factor in fixing them. Even if we have medications that can help their diseases, patients can surely screw things up by not doing their part. It’s a good thing that ALL quality indicators are basing OUR pay on patient’s behavior. Make sense.