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Operationalizing person-centered medicine

James Marcum, Jackson Griggs, Lauren Barron


To recapture medicine’s “soul” for the “care” of patients, Miles and Mezzich propose a version of person-centered medicine in which they “coalesce” both evidence-based medicine and patient-centered care. To that end, they identify 5 key principles from which they formulate a 4-part working definition of person-centered medicine. In this paper, we first analyze philosophically -ontologically, epistemologically and ethically - both their principles and definition and we then present a clinical case to operationalize their notion of person-centered medicine. We conclude with a brief comment on its feasibility for modern clinical practice.


Epistemology, ethics, evidence-based medicine, ontology, patient-centered medicine, person-centered medicine

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