How patient-centred am I?: A new method to measure physicians' patient-centredness
2006 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 62, no 1, 31-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To describe a new method to determine physicians’ self-perceived degree of patient-centredness. A pilot study combining qualitative and quantitative methods.
Forty-one general practitioners (GPs) answered a questionnaire consisting of three open-ended questions about their view of the consultation and by choosing among 28 roles of the physician in the physician–patient relationship. Twenty of the GPs had participated in Balint groups while 21 had had no access to Balint group. Patient-centredness is central to Balint groups and consequently Balint group participants would be expected to be patient-centred.
The answers to the two parts were divided into three groups each, patient-centred, non-patient-centred and intermediary, and analysed statistically. Significantly more Balint participants were patient-centred than the reference group.
The instrument describes physicians’ self-perceptions of their patient-centredness and can distinguish a group of patient-centred physicians from a group of non-patient-centred physicians.
The instrument can be useful to evaluate educational programmes and detect decline in patient-centredness as early sign of burnout.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 62, no 1, 31-37 p.
Education, Method, Physician–patient relationship, Balint groups, Patient-centredness
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-94629DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2005.05.017ISI: 000238917600006PubMedID: 16024208OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-94629DiVA: diva2:168537