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Achieving Person-Centred Health Systems
  • Edited by Ellen Nolte, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine , Sherry Merkur, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies , Anders Anell, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
  • Assisted by Jonathan North, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
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The idea of person-centred health systems is widely advocated in political and policy declarations to better address health system challenges. A person-centred approach is advocated on political, ethical and instrumental grounds and believed to benefit service users, health professionals and the health system more broadly. However, there is continuing debate about the strategies that are available and effective to promote and implement 'person-centred' approaches. This book brings together the world's leading experts in the field to present the evidence base and analyse current challenges and issues. It examines 'person-centredness' from the different roles people take in health systems, as individual service users, care managers, taxpayers or active citizens. The evidence presented will not only provide invaluable policy advice to practitioners and policymakers working on the design and implementation of person-centred health systems but will also be an excellent resource for academics and graduate students researching health systems in Europe.


Health systems in Europe and well beyond are being challenged to move from paternalistic to partnership models of care in which patients and the public play an active role in decision making at all levels, and services are designed to reflect their needs and priorities.. This book , which draws on a wide range of  evidence and expert views, provides a valuable guide on how to advance this move.

Tessa Richards - Senior Editor, The British Medical Journal

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