Eldercare Expert Panel Defines Person-Centered Care
December 16, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System
A panel of 14 eldercare experts from the SCAN Foundation, the American Geriatrics Society (ASG), and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California recently convened to define person-centered care and its essential elements. The panel's statement on the subject was released on December 2, 2015, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. As outlined by the panel, person-centered care "means that individuals' values and preferences are elicited and, once expressed, guide all aspects of their health care, supporting their realistic health and life goals." This can be achieved "through a dynamic relationship among individuals, others who are important to them, and all relevant providers." The panel states that person-centered care differs from patient-centered care in that it encompasses the entirety of a person's needs, values, and preferences, beyond simply the clinical and medical.