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

Med J Aust. 2003 Sep 1;179(5):253-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05532.x.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Asthma / therapy
  • Attitude to Health
  • Australia
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Participation*
  • Patient-Centered Care*
  • Physician-Patient Relations