The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care

Patient-centered care for chronic illness is founded upon the informed and activated patient, but it is not clear what this means. In The Patient as Agent, I argue that we must understand patients as subjects and agents who know and do things.


Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

“I strongly recommend this book to health professionals, policymakers, bioethicists, academics, and patients who have an interest in patient education and engagement, shared decision making, alternative models of health care, chronic disease management, and/or...

Metapsychology Online Reviews

“I […] found the patient case studies presented throughout the book to be a fabulous way to introduce actual people, with actual, and indeed common concerns, and very human behaviors. These people were excellent at personifying difficult concepts and...

Review from Society for Participatory Medicine (Peter Elias, MD)

The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care by Mark D Sullivan, an excellent book about the nature of patient-centered care, is not light reading, but is both informative and provocative. It is very hard to do justice to this book in a short review (which is why...