Alan Weil, the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs recently gave a talk on health care reform and “The 5 Engagements.” The first two engagements are engaging the whole patient and engaging social supports.
- one’s zip code being as important as your genetics in determining health, and
- the failure of the health care system to engage natural social supports and instead create artificial supports.
The similarities between this and Bill White’s model of Recovery Management are striking. It just goes to show that specialty addiction care has a lot to teach the rest of medicine, and we’ll have a lot to learn from watching their successes and failures.