Quality of Life Research

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 1–4

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

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11136-008-9415-5

Cite this article as:
Arora, N.K. Qual Life Res (2009) 18: 1. doi:10.1007/s11136-008-9415-5

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Patient-centered careCancerPatient experiencesPatient perspectiveQuality of carePatient–physician communicationCancer survivorshipWell-beingHealth-related quality of life

Copyright information

© US Government 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Outcomes Research Branch, Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesNational Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA