Your healthcare should be tailored to you and your needs. That’s why there is patient-centered primary care. What exactly does patient-centered primary care entail, and what are its benefits? Here we will discuss why it is so important for you and your health.
According to NEJM Catalyst, patient-centered care is where,
"an individual’s specific health needs and desired health outcomes are the driving force behind all healthcare decisions and quality measurements. Patients are partners with their healthcare providers, and providers treat patients not only from a clinical perspective, but also from an emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and financial perspective."
Patient-centered care is comprehensive, taking numerous factors into account when understanding and caring for a patient’s health. You are treated as an equal, and your well-being is your provider’s highest priority. What are a few benefits of having patient-centered primary care?
Your patient-centered primary care provider is in it for the long haul. This allows them to better tailor care to you, because over time they get to know YOUR specific health situation, needs, etc. They seek to establish a strong, trusting partnership with their patients (National Institutes of Health).
As mentioned, patient-centered primary care has a strong emphasis on comprehensive, holistic care. This means that they are there for you to provide preventative care and screenings, education, chronic condition care, and more. Their care is thorough and can care for many things. They are essentially your ‘go-to’ for your everyday health needs (NIH)!
The patient and their family are considered an ESSENTIAL element of patient-centered primary care. Your health, needs, and wants are unique to you, and your patient-centered primary care provider seeks to always be in communication with their patient (and their family if relevant). You are given the power to help guide your health journey (Health Leads)!
At the center of patient-centered primary care is the patient…YOU! No matter what stage of life you’re in or what your health needs may be, they’re there to find a way to help you. Compass Community Health offers patient-centered primary care, and our team of primary care providers is passionate about offering compassionate care tailored specifically to you. Don’t put your health on hold. Give us a call!
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