Updated: Oct 9, 2021
In person-centered care, patients actively participate in their own medical treatment in
close cooperation with the health professionals. Patients are partners with their primary care providers and providers treat patients not only from a clinical perspective, but also from a mental, spiritual, social, and financial perspective.
The benefits of receiving patient-centered care are better outcomes and higher rates of
patient engagement and satisfaction which allow both the primary care provider’s and the
patient’s goals to be met. It is an increasingly popular healthcare model with evidence-based benefits.
Decades of research have demonstrated that when patient values and preferences are prioritized, they engage more in treatments, leading to better health outcomes. Hospitals and practices that implement patient-centered care report lower ER visit rates, faster recovery, and decreased utilization of healthcare resources among other benefits.