A concept analysis of person-centered care

J Holist Nurs. 2012 Mar;30(1):6-15. doi: 10.1177/0898010111412189. Epub 2011 Jul 19.


The term person-centered care (PCC) has been frequently used in the literature, but there is no consensus about its meaning. This article uses Walker and Avants's method of concept analysis as a framework to analyze PCC. A literature search was completed and data were collected using several search engines (CINAHL, Medline, PubMed, and Cochrane Review). The key words used were "individualized-care," "person-centered care," "patient-centered care," "client-centered care," and "resident-centered care." Attributes, antecedents, and consequences of PCC were identified. Empirical referents were provided to measure PCC from the perspective of the person receiving care and finally, a model case provides an exemplar of the concept.

MeSH terms

  • Concept Formation
  • Holistic Health*
  • Holistic Nursing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Patient Compliance / psychology
  • Patient Participation / methods
  • Patient-Centered Care / ethics
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Precision Medicine / methods*
  • Quality of Health Care