Patient-Centered Medicine: A Professional Evolution
JAMA. 1996 Jan 10; 275(2): 152-156.
American medicine is in the midst of a professional evolution driven by a refocusing of medicine's regard for the patient's viewpoint. Historically, medicine has been largely physician centered, but physicians have begun to incorporate patients' perspectives in ways that increasingly matter. Some call this shift "patient-centered" care. In support of the view that this refocusing reflects a broad professional shift, we describe the evolution to patient-centered care in many areas of medicine: patient care, health-related law, medical education, research, and quality assessment.
Accountability; Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Alternatives; Contracts; Consent; Decision Analysis; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Economics; Education; Evolution; Health; Health Care; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; Law; Legal Aspects; Life; Medical Education; Medicine; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Patient Participation; Patient Satisfaction; Patients; Physicians; Professional Patient Relationship; Prognosis; Quality of Health Care; Quality of Life; Research; Research Subjects; Treatment Outcome; Treatment Refusal; Trends; Uncertainty; Values;
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