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Revista Medica Herediana

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CUBA-FUENTES, Maria et al. Patient-centered medicine as a clinical method. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.1, pp.50-59. ISSN 1018-130X.

The traditional biomedical model centered in the disease with emphasis on technological advances is being questioned in recent years. Instead of this model, a bio-psycho-social more integral, systemic and holistic model that is centered in the patient is proposed. To better answer the needs and expectations of the patients, Stewart and Brown (1995) developed a patient-centered clinical method (PCCM). To describe this method, we present a clinical case and explain the components of the method: exploring the ailment, integration of the concept of disease and health, understanding the patient as a whole with search of common ground to define problems, aims and roles during medical consultation, and finally the physician-patient relationship.

Keywords : Patient-Centered Care; physician-patient relations; primary health care.

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