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Integration as a Key Strategy for Achieving Person- and People-Centered Care

Juan E Mezzich, James Appleyard

Abstract


 

The fundamental purpose of Person Centered Medicine (PCM) (and by extension of Person- and People-centered Care), is to promote the health and well-being of the totality of the person. Here the person is the central concept, which should be understood in a contextualized manner. This is illustrated by Ortega y Gasset aphorism "I am I and my circumstance, and if do not care for it I do not care for myself".

 

In the discussion of what is central and what is instrumental in PCM, the eminent Indian scholar Shridhar Sharma (personal communication, 2012) has cogently stated that in medicine science is essential and humanism is the essence of medicine. It can be argued that the instrumental role of science could be shared by other important concepts and activities, such as integration, with similar functional roles vis-a-vis person- and people-centered care. Thus, when examining the World Health Organization's emerging six-year work plan seeking as a major objective person-centered integrated care, one could understand people-centered as the soul or essence and integration as a key methodology or strategy.


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Person Centered Medicine, Person- and people-centered care, Integration, Integrated Care, Geneva Conferences, Goals and strategies, Fragmentation, Compartmentalization, Communication, Relationships

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ijpcm.v4i2.470

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