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Putting prevention into practice (Green Book)

Patient centred approach

Evidence indicates that patients want an approach that ‘seeks an integrated understanding of the patient’s world – ie. their whole person, emotional needs and life issues… (that) finds common ground on what the problem is and mutually agrees on the management… (and) enhances prevention and health promotion, and… enhances the continuing relationship between the patient and the doctor’.114,115

Strategies that support a patient centred approach within the consultation are explored in detail in Part 3.

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