What 'patient-centered' should mean: confessions of an extremist

Health Aff (Millwood). Jul-Aug 2009;28(4):w555-65. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.4.w555. Epub 2009 May 19.


"Patient-centeredness" is a dimension of health care quality in its own right, not just because of its connection with other desired aims, like safety and effectiveness. Its proper incorporation into new health care designs will involve some radical, unfamiliar, and disruptive shifts in control and power, out of the hands of those who give care and into the hands of those who receive it. Such a consumerist view of the quality of care, itself, has important differences from the more classical, professionally dominated definitions of "quality." New designs, like the so-called medical home, should incorporate that change.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Patient-Centered Care*
  • Physician-Patient Relations