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Ann Fam Med. 2017 Mar;15(2):171-174. doi: 10.1370/afm.2037.

Looking Within: Intentions of Practice for Person-Centered Care.

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1
Institute for Studies in History, Anthropology and Archeology, University of El Salvador, San Salvador wventres@gmail.com.
2
Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.

Abstract

In order to integrate the biological, psychological, social, and existential dimensions of care into my day-to-day clinical encounters with patients, I have worked to cultivate several intentions of practice. These intentions of practice-habits of mind that nurture my resolve to attend to patients as complex human beings- help me navigate my interactions with patients and families in ways that are simultaneously efficacious and therapeutic. When routinely recalled and adeptly implemented, they are what distinguish me as a competent and capable practitioner of person-centered care, when I am at my best, from when I am not. I present them here in hopes that others may find them useful as they progress down their ongoing paths as healing physicians.

KEYWORDS:

bioethics; family practice; medical education; person-centered care; physician’s role; professionalism

PMID:
28289119
PMCID:
PMC5348237
DOI:
10.1370/afm.2037
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