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Medicine as a Human Experience 

Medicine as a Human Experience
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Medicine as a Human Experience
Author(s):

David H. Rosen

and Uyen B. Hoang

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190628871.003.0001
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date: 18 September 2018

Chapter 1, “Medicine as a Human Experience,” examines the foundational principles of patient-centered care, a shift from the historical paradigm in favor of the illness and doctor-centered approach. The four essential principles that underlie all of medicine as a human experience are acceptance, empathy, conceptualization, and competence. Acceptance and empathy are essential to developing a healing partnership with one’s patients. Both stem from self-awareness, for it is difficult to accept another human being if you have not first accepted yourself. Conceptualization, using the biopsychosocial model and even expanding it to include issues of existential meaning and the human spirit, is related directly to comprehensive medical care. All are integral to our fourth principle, competence, which demands the clinician appraise clinical data critically to see the overall picture in balance with the integration of the other foundational principles.

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