Person centred care and shared decision making: implications for ethics, public health and research

Health Care Anal. 2012 Sep;20(3):231-49. doi: 10.1007/s10728-011-0183-y.


This paper presents a systematic account of ethical issues actualised in different areas, as well as at different levels and stages of health care, by introducing organisational and other procedures that embody a shift towards person centred care and shared decision-making (PCC/SDM). The analysis builds on general ethical theory and earlier work on aspects of PCC/SDM relevant from an ethics perspective. This account leads up to a number of theoretical as well as empirical and practice oriented issues that, in view of broad advancements towards PCC/SDM, need to be considered by health care ethics researchers. Given a PCC/SDM-based reorientation of health care practice, such ethics research is essential from a quality assurance perspective.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making / ethics*
  • Ethical Theory
  • Humans
  • Patient Participation
  • Patient-Centered Care / ethics*
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Self Care