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New Zealand’s Journey towards People-Centred Care

Pat Neuwelt, Don Matheson

Abstract


The choice of words such as consumer, patient, person or people to describe the elemental relationship in health systems has a bearing on the goals that health systems are trying to achieve.  In particular, to engage in a person- centred discussion, in the absence of recognition of the impact on population health, risks losing sight of the fact that health and the access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. The “centre of care” is a contested space, with multiple elements of health systems usurping the position of people as the “centre” of healthcare activity.  Four recent health reforms in New Zealand have impacted on people-centred care. The most recent reform, “Whanau Ora” is a radical re-conceptualisation of health and social support with families occupying the central role.

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Center of call, health systems, illness, individuals, people-centered care, person-centered medicine, populations, primary care, wellbeing

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ijpcm.v2i1.178

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