The very active LinkedIn changingaging group generated the following question…
Could you elaborate on what you mean by your term, person-centeredness? Looking forward to continuing the discussion.
First, I would say that it isn’t my term (although I embrace it fully) rather it “belongs” to an eclectic group of people who are all working to transform health care.
Second, the recent health care debate in Washington, DC focussed on health care financing -which is a pretty important issue– but little has been said and even less has been accomplished when it comes to reforming the care that the financing pays for.
Third, “person-centeredness” springs from a simple premise…
The health care system should be flexible enough to meet the needs of the person who is ill or injured and his or her family.
The the person who is ill or injured should not have to adapt to meet the requirements of the health care system.
In short, the person comes first.