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Date Updated: November 9, 2011

Health System Reform Policies


Policy: Licensed clinicians must demonstrate proficiency in all domains important to effective care, including some that have been underemphasized, including: patient-centeredness, communication, prevention, and evidence-based practice.

There has been increasing recognition of the need to evaluate heretofore underemphasized competencies for healthcare practitioners. These competencies are critical to the delivery of high-quality, efficient patient care. They include (but are not limited to):

  • Patient-centered care, emphasizing skills in empathy, cultural awareness, and communication
  • Health promotion and disease prevention for individuals and populations
  • Evidence-based practice utilizing comparative effectiveness data
  • Efficient resource utilization
  • Assuring optimum patient safety
  • Team-based care
  • Altruism, integrity, compassion, and the willingness to uphold the ethical foundations of practice
  • Continuous development and improvement

A more complete description of these competencies is provided in the Appendix: Health Professionals' Competencies.

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