Are we ready for a person-centered care model for patient-physician consultation? A survey from family physicians and their patients of East Mediterranean Region

Document Type



Community Health Sciences; Family Medicine


Background: Person-centered care has long been identified as a key component of health systems and one of the six domains of quality. This study aimed to identify the perceptions of patients and physicians regarding person-centered care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR).

Methods: A multicountry, cross-sectional study was conducted in 6 countries of EMR during July 2012 to September 2012. From each country, an expert Family Physician (FP) was identified and invited for the study. During the first phase, 190 FPs practicing for at least 6 months were recruited. In the second phase, the recruited FPs approached 300 patients aged > 18 years with 1 or more recurring problems. Data analysis was conducted using SPSS version 19.

Results: Of a total of 360 patients, 53% were between 25-40 years of age and the majority 55.7% were females. Among physicians, 66.8% were females and 72.1% had undergone specialization in Family Medicine from EMR. About 36% of the patients, while 62.6% of the physicians, preferred a person-centered care model of care. Among physicians, field of specialization (AOR= 0.7; 95% C.I: 0.3-0.9) and regularity in continuing medical education sessions (AOR= 0.3; 95% C.I: 0.1-0.5) were significant factors for preferring a person-centered care model. Educational status (AOR= 3.0; 95% C.I: 1.1-7.9) was associated with a preference for person-centered care among patients.

Conclusion: The results of the study highlight that a majority of physicians prefer person-centered care, while patients prefer a mix of both patient- and physician-centered care. Strategies should be developed that will help physicians and patients to embrace person-centered care practices.

Publication (Name of Journal)

European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare