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Seven Dimensions of Contextualized Care

Ted Epperly

Abstract


Medicine and health care in general are fascinating careers. It is important to recognize that health care and its provision should be focused on the people we are caring for , rather than on the system and the providers who provide that care. It's about our patients and not about us. In order to provide the best person-centered health care to people we must understand who they are as people and the context of their illness and their lives. The seven dimensions in which the context of care becomes important are: family/social, physical, mental/emotional, financial, occupational, spiritual, and health literacy. This paper explores these seven dimensions as they provide insight and meaning to caring for people and underscore the importance of the physician-person relationship as the central axis of trust in which health care not only occurs but succeeds.


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Contextualized care, person-centered care, relationships, family, social, financial, occupational, spiritual

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ijpcm.v3i2.404

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