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January 10, 1996

Patient-Centered MedicineA Professional Evolution

Author Affiliations

From the Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care and the Division of Internal Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa (Dr Laine); and the Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, Pa (Dr Davidoff).

JAMA. 1996;275(2):152-156. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530260066035

American medicine is in the midst of a professional evolution driven by a refocusing of medicine's regard for the patient's viewpoint. Historically, medicine has been largely physician centered, but physicians have begun to incorporate patients' perspectives in ways that increasingly matter. Some call this shift "patient-centered" care. In support of the view that this refocusing reflects a broad professional shift, we describe the evolution to patient-centered care in many areas of medicine: patient care, health-related law, medical education, research, and quality assessment.

(JAMA. 1996;275:152-156)