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Med J Aust. 2003 Sep 1;179(5):253-6.

Getting it right: why bother with patient-centred care?

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University of New South Wales, Sydney. a.bauman@unsw.edu.au

Abstract

Patient-centred care is about sharing the management of an illness between patient and doctor; it is not new but is increasingly evidence-based, especially for chronic problems such as diabetes, asthma and arthritis. Systematic reviews show that patient-centred care results in increased adherence to management protocols, reduced morbidity and improved quality of life for patients. Key features of the doctor-patient interaction are shared goal setting, written management plans and regular follow-up. Supportive community-based services and programs, combined with healthcare system commitment, are also required to make this approach effective in improving population health.

PMID:
12924973
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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