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Redesign of the Health Care Delivery System:  A Bauhaus “Form Follows Function” Approach

Kevin Grumbach, MD
JAMA. 2009;302(21):2363-2364. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1772.
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The governing design principle of the US health care system has been described as an “edifice complex” and a “field of dreams” complex—if the health system builds it, the patients will come. This clinician-centric approach to the design of delivery of health care is obsolete, contributing to health care of inferior quality and excessive cost. To meet the patient-centered needs of a modern health care system, the United States should consider adopting the Bauhaus design principle of “form follows function.”

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