The Experience of the American Patient: Risk, Trust, Choice by Jessie Gruman, PhDAdvances in medicine, technology and health care services have contributed to increases in the length and quality of life for many Americans and hold promise for future gains. But to realize the potential of these advances to prevent and treat disease, we must be willing and able to effectively perform many unfamiliar, often complex tasks.

This collection of essays from my Good Behavior! series explores the challenges we face as we discover that our traditional passive response to illness simply doesn’t work anymore. We are learning—often the hard way—that we must be actively, knowledgeably involved in finding and using safe decent health care if we are going to benefit from it.

Full Collection: The Experience of the American Patient: Risk, Trust, Choice