Document Type

Article

Department

Family Medicine

Abstract

Background: Person-Centered Care (PCC) is now considered a mandatory approach in Patient-Physician consultation. The aim of the study was to identify patients’ perception regarding barriers and possible remedies for implementation of PCC in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR).
Methods: A cross-sectional multi-country study was conducted in six countries of EMR during May 2014 to October 2014. Expert Family Physicians from each country were identified and asked to participate in the study. The Family Physicians then recruited Patients from their own clinics (>18 years). Data analysis was performed on SPSS 19 and results are reported in the form of proportions, odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals.
Results: A total of 234 patients were recruited, 60.6% were aged between 20 to 30 years and 36.3% of them were males. 56% of the patients preferred Person-Centered Care model for patient-physician consultation. The major barriers identified by patients in its implementing were; time constraints (73.9%, OR: 1.5; 95% CI: 0.86-2.78), doctors desire to control patient (OR: 2.6; 95% CI: 1.55-4.49), cultural and religious reasons (52.1%), increased cost (50.9%). Patients responded that increased cost related to Person-Centered Care practice would be acceptable (58.1%), if increase proved to be in the interest of better health and care outcomes (40.6%).
Conclusion: Person-Centered Care (PCC) is associated with significant barriers in its implementation in Eastern Mediterranean Region. These barriers can be overcome in the interest of better health and care related outcomes.

Publication

Middle East Journal of Family Medicine

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