Discuss the Importance of Treating the Whole Patient Rather than Only the Disease?


Marc O’Connor, chief operating officer at Curant Health, explains why treating the whole patient rather than just their specific disease is so important.

O’Connor: Treating the whole patient is the cornerstone of outcome-based services for specialty pharmacies, and Curant Health’s view, and my view, [is] that that $2 generic anti-depressant is every bit as important as that thousand-dollar hepatitis C regimen. Because if you can’t uncomplicate the patient’s life, if you can’t make it so that they’re mentally and physically prepared for that much more complex and expensive therapy, it doesn’t work. There’s no point in just, again, focusing on taking care of a med, doing medication fulfillment. That’s not what we need to be doing, we need to be doing patient fulfillment, and treating that entire patient holistically and all of their ailments and concerns at one time.

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