Background, Structure and Priorities of the 2013 Geneva Declaration on Person-centered Health Research

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Luis Salvador-Carulla
C Robert Cloninger
Amalia Thornicroft
Juan Mezzich
2013 Geneva Declaration Consultation Group


Declarations are relevant tools to frame new areas in health care, to raise awareness and to facilitate knowledge-to-action. The International College on Person Centered Medicine (ICPCM) is seeking to extend the impact of the ICPCM Conference Series by producing a declaration on every main topic. The aim of this paper is to describe the development of the 2013 Geneva Declaration on Person-centered Health Research and to provide additional information on the research priority areas identified during this iterative process. There is a need for more PCM research and for the incorporation of the PCM approach into general health research. Main areas of research focus include: Conceptual, terminological, and ontological issues; research to enhance the empirical evidence of PCM main components such as PCM informed clinical communication; PCM-based diagnostic models; person-centered care and interventions; and people-centered care, research on training and curriculum development. Dissemination and implementation of PCM knowledge-base is integral to Person-centered Health Research and shall engage currently available scientific and translational dissemination tools such journals, events and eHealth.

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Author Biography

Luis Salvador-Carulla, University of Cadiz; and Spanish Association for Research on Healthy Ageing (AECES)

Dr Luis Salvador-Carulla is professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cadiz (Spain). He has been member of the Advisory Board on disability and dependency of the regional government of Catalonia (Spain) and he is member of the advisory committee of the national strategy on Mental Health at the Ministry of Health and Social Policy. His field of interest is integrated support decision systems and policy in long-term care. He is honour member of the World Psychiatry Association and secretary of its section “Classification, Diagnostic assessment and Nomenclature”. He is also President of the PSICOST research association, and the Spanish Association on Scientific Research on Healthy Aging (AECES), as well as Vice-president of the Spanish Society of Epidemiological Psychiatry (SEEP). Dr. Salvador-Carulla has intensively participated in the development of international research networks in the fields mentioned as well as in social inclusion, person centered medicine, healthy ageing and bridging and knowledge transfer between the fields of disability and ageing. He has also collaborated with the European Commission (EC) and the World Health Organisation  (WHO) as external advisor. He coordinated the European Commission project eDESDE-LTC for the development of an European coding system for long term care, and he participates now on the EC project Refinement for analysing financing, quality and effectiveness of mental health systems in Europe. He chairs the WHO working group on the classification of intellectual disabilities at chapter V of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).


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