Bridges to Patients

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  • 05/24/2007
John Bridges that is.

We are pleased to share the good news that Dr. John F.P. Bridges (a CMPI senior fellow) has been named Founding Editor of a new medical journal that's designed specifically to offer insight into patient-centered medicine.

The Patient - Patient Centered Outcomes Research, will be an important new medical journal that puts the spotlight on patient-centered medicine. It will be the first
international medical journal dedicated to using the scientific method for accessing patient perspective of therapy and medical technology. The premier issue is due later this year and will initially be published on a quarterly basis.

According to Dr. Bridges, "At the most fundamental level, our goal is to empower the patient. In the past, we simply looked at ways to make the patient well. Today, there's a shift to a
more holistic approach that looks at the process of treating the patient rather than solely at the outcome. In the end, we're going to help make medicine better for the patient."

Interest in patient-centered approaches is growing at a rapid pace, as is the body of scientific research on the topic. According to a recent study by Dr. Bridges, there has been exponential growth in the number of studies focusing on patient preferences in medicine over the last decade. For example the number of conjoint analyses published in medical journals has grown from one every couple of years a decade ago, to over 20 per year today. The Patient was created to address an unmet area of outcomes research by providing a specialized forum and outlet to help the field flourish.

"The Patient is a unique journal in the field of outcomes research in that it creates a new vehicle for patient-centered research," said Ellen J. MacKenzie, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Congratulations John, and we look forward to reading (and contributing) to the life of The Patient.

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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