Participatory medicine refers to a cooperative model of health care where patients actively participate in choices concerning their individual health. Participatory medicine embodies a “mutual participation” model for physician–patient relationships (Szasz and Hollender 1956), where the role of the patient is as a participant in partnership.
Participatory Medicine and Patient-Centered Care
Participatory medicine and patient-centered care are similar practices. According to the Institute of Medicine’s definition, patient-centered care includes “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions” (Institute of Medicine 2001). The practice of participatory medicine and patient-centered care both concern enhancing the patient’s role in the care process. However, patient-centered care initiatives traditionally focus on clinician...
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