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Barbara Kivowitz is senior partner of im21: innovation/measurement/21st century, a consulting group that helps organizations work more collaboratively. Her most recent project is in Vermont, helping to implement their statewide health reform initiative. She is on the board of trustees of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and on the board of overseers of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She and her co-author, Roanne Weisman, wrote In Sickness as in Health: Helping Couples Cope With the Complexities of Illness (Roundtree Press, 2013), a practical guide for couples dealing with illness. She writes regularly on her blog and you can find her on Twitter at @bkivowitz.

When Your Partner Resists Your Health Care Advice

Barbara Kivowitz | May 20, 2014
As a very stubborn and advice-resisting ill partner myself, I can't say if this issue is gender-specific. But I do know it's an issue most couples dealing with illness face, more than once. Here are my two suggestions for what to do when your partner resists your advice...

My Partner, My Memory

Barbara Kivowitz | April 15, 2014
I don't know if it's growing older, or New England winters, or the meds I take, or watching Homeland and Downton Abbey in the same week – but my memory isn't as crisp as it used to be. My partner, Richard, has become part of my cerebral cortex...

What Is Patient-Centered Medicine, Really?

Barbara Kivowitz | March 10, 2014
We have all heard the term patient-centered medicine by now. It's in the PR materials for hospitals, in the Affordable Care Act, in health care model innovations like the "medical home" and the "accountable care organization." But what is it? What would you like to see in a health system that is truly patient-centered?