Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Patient-Centered Care

  • Cassie Cunningham
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_610


Patient-centered care is a term that is becoming widely used in medical practice. It is typically described in the context of patient-practitioner communication. In contrast to provider-centered care, which places control and decision-making power almost solely in the hands of the health-care provider, is patient-centered. Patient-centered care promotes active participation on the part of the patient decisions regarding their health and health care. Moreover, patient-centered care requires practitioners to provide care concordant with the patient’s values as well as account for the patient’s desire for information provision and for shared decision-making responsibilities. Patient-centered care has been shown to be associated with increased patient satisfaction and adherence and may also enhance the relationship between the patient and the health-care provider.

References and Readings

  1. Mead, N., & Bower, P. (2000). Patient-centredness: A conceptual framework and review of the empirical literature. Social Science Medicine, 51, 1087–1110.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Stewart, M. (2001). Towards a global definition of patient-centered care. British Medical Journal, 233, 444–445.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Public HealthUniversity of IowaLibertyUSA