Journal of Medical and Biological Sciences - Volume 2, Issue 1, 2008
D. Wayne Taylor, Director, Health Leadership Institute, McMaster University
Elisabeth Fowler, Vice-President, Ward Health Strategies
The patient-focused paradigm in healthcare began to emerge in the early 1990’s. In 2006 the International Association of Patient Organizations (IAPO) adopted the Declaration on Patient-Centred Healthcare. This study examined the degree to which the five principles embedded in this Declaration are being advocated and utilized in the asthma patient-provider relationship in five countries. The empirical evidence in this study shows that the implementation of patient-centred care both as a policy concept and a practice modality for asthma has not been achieved to the extent needed. The paper makes recommendations to help patient organizations realize the full benefits of patient-centred care.