Planetree and Picker Institute Release New Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide--Free to download from Planetree Website

Planetree and the Picker Institute have released a new Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide that presents best practices to initiate and sustain a culture of patient-centered care, specifically addressing common barriers to implementation.

The Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide is a functional resource that provides practical and tangible guidance for initiating and sustaining a culture of patient-centered care:
--Reflects patient, family, staff and leadership perspectives via verbatim quotes
--Addresses most common patient-centered care myths
--Includes implementation tools for replicating best practices
--Evidence base integrated into sections
--Includes self-assessment tool

The Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide is available to download free of charge from Planetree's website, For additional information, call 203-732-1365.

About Planetree:
Founded in 1978 by a San Francisco patient who endured a traumatic hospitalization, Planetree has been at the forefront of the effort to personalize, humanize and demystify the healthcare system for three decades. Today, the Planetree membership network is a global community of more than 140 acute care hospitals, continuing care facilities, and outpatient clinics, each at various phases of the journey to transform their healthcare by considering every aspect of the healthcare experience from the perspective of their patients, and reconnecting staff to their passion for caring for others. A complete list of Planetree hospitals is available at

About Picker Institute:
Picker Institute is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the principles of patient-centered care and the global patient-centered care-movement. Picker Institute sponsors education and research in the field of patient-centered care in cooperation with educational institutions and other interested entities and individuals. The institute's goal is to foster a broader understanding of the theoretical and practical implications of patient-centered care by approaching healthcare with a focus on the concerns of patients and other healthcare consumers. For more information, visit