Looking Within: Intentions of Practice for Person-Centered Care

Ann Fam Med. 2017 Mar;15(2):171-174. doi: 10.1370/afm.2037.


In order to integrate the biological, psychological, social, and existential dimensions of care into my day-to-day clinical encounters with patients, I have worked to cultivate several intentions of practice. These intentions of practice-habits of mind that nurture my resolve to attend to patients as complex human beings- help me navigate my interactions with patients and families in ways that are simultaneously efficacious and therapeutic. When routinely recalled and adeptly implemented, they are what distinguish me as a competent and capable practitioner of person-centered care, when I am at my best, from when I am not. I present them here in hopes that others may find them useful as they progress down their ongoing paths as healing physicians.

Keywords: bioethics; family practice; medical education; person-centered care; physician’s role; professionalism.

Publication types

  • Personal Narrative

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Patient-Centered Care*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*