About this project
Person-centred care is perhaps one of the most influential global discussions in modern healthcare. It is very much alive as an area of practice, theory and research, and many organisations include it in their mission statements.
Few people would argue against person-centred care. Most people agree our health systems are too diseased-focused, fragmented and paternalistic, and if they are to be sustainable, they must promote health and wellbeing, integrated care, and true partnerships with patients throughout.
But what does person-centred care really stand for, and why do we need it today? There is promising evidence that many aspects of person-centred care are improving people’s lives and making healthcare delivery more effective.
There are many questions about person-centred care that need answers. Terminology can be confusing, with a multiplicity of terms used to denote person-centred care. Good practice models have often been developed within the confines of their particular areas (e.g. by setting, disease, country and sector). There is also significant ongoing debate as to many fundamental principles, such as conceptual definitions, or whether person-centred care can, or should, be measured.