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What it means to embody person-centered-care – sharing wisdom from a GP/Professor.

Person-centered-care is a nice little buzzword I see used a lot today and even some people offering to teach what it is and means.

I think aspiring to become more person-centered is an incredibly and noble pursuit, especially in todays times. It involves putting aside all of the massive amounts of pressure to consistently bill and meet KPIs, all while sticking to time and fighting against a system that is so focused on the patient’s malady and what is the most ‘cost-effective’ treatment for it and doesn’t give a shit about them as a human.

So when I see the term used, I’m naturally very sceptical. Because to be truely patient-centered often means going against the grain. Shifting your perspective on treatments, when, where and how they’re used, the patient-clinician relationship and power dynamic and the challenge common concepts of what patients expect from us and our appointments.

However, what is truely patient-centered care is often escapes words.

So instead of trying to write or find a succinct definition or passage that perfectly encapsulates it, I thought it would be better to show what person-centered looks like in practice. I can’t think of a better way then sharing Dominic Patterson’s, a GP and Visiting Professor of Medical Education, twitter thread giving pearls of wisdom from his years consulting.

This is what person-centered care really looks like in practice.

Alex Murray Podiatrist

Alex Murray is a Podiatrist working in private practice and the founder of website Making Sense in Podiatry. He's passionate about helping other clinicians make sense of evidence and clinical practice with a core philosophy of exploring the complexity of human beings, embracing the uncertainty of clinical practice, and avoiding overly reductionist thinking. In addition to his undergraduate degree from La Trobe, he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Otago. He has experience with both national and international athletes and has recently transitioned to focusing primarily on helping the general population and local athletes manage their pain and achieve their goals.

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