CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A staggering 50% of American adults suffer from a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and arthritis — and one in four has two or more chronic health conditions. But for too long, the healthcare debate has focused on who should pay rather than on the care itself. Shouldn't we be asking if the care we receive is actually making us healthier?
Award-winning director, writer, producer, and cinematographer David Grubin takes his camera across the country from Maine to Mississippi, Alaska to San Francisco, visiting doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who are placing the patient at the center of their practice, transforming the way medical care is delivered while lowering costs. A presentation of WTTW Chicago, Rx: The Quiet Revolution premieres Thursday, April 2, 2015, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS.
Rx: The Quiet Revolution explores the intimate relationship between patients and the doctors, nurses, and health care professionals of every kind who care for them. The documentary focuses on a health care model that puts the patient center stage, emphasizing collaboration and partnership, empathy and compassion.
The stories in the film come from unexpected places: a health system in Alaska owned and run by native Alaskans; a group family practice in Belfast, Maine; an ingenious alternative to nursing home care in San Francisco; and a small town in the Mississippi Delta.
A robust companion website (rxfilm.org) will illuminate the film's complex, interconnected issues by exploring some problems with and solutions to our nation's health crisis. Features will include an interactive map, Q&As with medical experts, profiles of series participants, an interview with Grubin, and additional web-exclusive video content.
Rx: The Quiet Revolution is made possible by Lead National Sponsor the American Medical Association, as well as UnitedHealthcare, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, The William and Phyllis Mack Family Foundation, Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation, Primary Care Progress, Sodexo, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, and an anonymous contributor.
For downloadable images, visit pbs.org/pressroom.
SOURCE WTTW Chicago