Person-Centered Care: A Definition and Essential Elements

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jan;64(1):15-8. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13866. Epub 2015 Dec 2.


Improving healthcare safety, quality, and coordination, as well as quality of life, are important aims of caring for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and/or functional limitations. Person-centered care is an approach to meeting these aims, but there are no standardized, agreed-upon parameters for delivering such care. The SCAN Foundation charged a team from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in collaboration with a research and clinical team from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to provide the evidence base to support a definition of person-centered care and its essential elements. An interprofessional panel of experts in person-centered care principles and practices that the AGS convened developed this statement.

Keywords: care coordination; care delivery; care quality; patient-centered care; person-centered care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Geriatrics*
  • Humans
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Self Care*
  • Societies, Medical*
  • United States