What is Person-Centred Healthcare?

Promoting People-Centred HealthCanada’s present health care system is an illness insurance model, designed around funders and care providers. By contrast, the Person-Centred wellness model is designed around the health care user, while still seeking ideal empowerment and deployment for care providers. In this sense person-centred health represents a deliberate paradigm shift – first in principles, then in operations.

The great news is that while these shifts require change, the change can be pleasant. Person-centred care follows intuitive common sense. It respects persons and encourages each of us to do what we’re good at while allowing the users of the services to drive the actions of the healthcare system. This means less grief and ultimately, less work for everyone. Person-centred care models are therefore also by far the most cost-effective and sustainable. We know. We’ve made a serious study of it.

A major platform of person-centred health is personal Electronic Health Records that offer global interoperability. Globally interoperable EHRs are easily sent or received electronically. These records include patient background and health information, medical examination reports, test results, x-rays, MRI’s, prescription information, and other test imagery. The records are owned by, and accessible at any time to, the patient, yet are readable by any care provider, lab, or healthcare institution regardless of where in Canada they’re located. The patient’s right to privacy of these records is rigorously protected. Only clinically-needed record sharing, authorized by the patient, takes place.

Through its Academic Research Collaborative program (ARC), CAPCH works actively and aggressively to develop both software supporting globally interoperable Electronic Health Records, and related applications that help drive Person-Centred healthcare to a visionary new level.

Person-Centred acknowledges that personal healing and wellness are often supported by family or loved-ones. These caring ‘team-members’ are respected and included appropriately.

A Person-Centred approach to healthcare promotes wellness and addresses illnesses before they are critical, reducing strain on the system.

The Person-Centred approach enhances working conditions for all health care providers, reducing bureaucracy and needless clerical repetitions, increasing quality experiences with patients and their families, and increasing health care job fulfillment.

Person-Centred care means that, without losing access to excellent care for illness and injury, each of us will become the strategic architect of a personal health regime addressing our unique individual needs.

With person-centred approaches, all parties – patients, families, and health care professionals – ultimately experience more satisfying and quicker results, less grief, and more meaningful encounters. Person-centred care acknowledges that there’s a world of difference between ‘being cured’ and being helped to feel whole. Person-centred seeks to do both.

CAPCH holds that our national universal health care must never disappear. But it must become person-centred. While this involves patience during change, the change is worth it.

CAPCH believes that there are four key principles of person-centred healthcare: responsibility, autonomy, informed health management, and partnership. For more about these principles, click here.