Person‐Centered Care: A Definition and Essential Elements


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Improving healthcare safety, quality, and coordination, as well as quality of life, are important aims of caring for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and/or functional limitations. Person‐centered care is an approach to meeting these aims, but there are no standardized, agreed‐upon parameters for delivering such care. The SCAN Foundation charged a team from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in collaboration with a research and clinical team from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to provide the evidence base to support a definition of person‐centered care and its essential elements. An interprofessional panel of experts in person‐centered care principles and practices that the AGS convened developed this statement.

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