Quality of Life Research

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 1-4

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Importance of patient-centered care in enhancing patient well-being: a cancer survivor’s perspective

  • Neeraj K. AroraAffiliated withOutcomes Research Branch, Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute Email author 

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In this narrative article, the author, a long-term cancer survivor, reflects on his personal interactions with the healthcare system over a period of 14 years in order to highlight the importance of delivering patient-centered care. He makes a case for why quality of care assessments are incomplete if they focus on clinical indicators of quality alone and exclude systematic assessment of the patient-centered aspects of care from the patient’s perspective. The important role played by patient-centered care in reducing patient suffering and enhancing well-being is underscored in this commentary.


Patient-centered care Cancer Patient experiences Patient perspective Quality of care Patient–physician communication Cancer survivorship Well-being Health-related quality of life