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The Meikirch Model as a Conceptual Framework for Person Centered Healthcare

Joannes Bircher, Eckhart G Hahn

Abstract


Person Centered Healthcare focuses on re-personalization of health services, on re-sensitization of medicine to fundamental notions of compassion and care and on re-inculcation in clinicians of an ambition to treat patients as persons. The Meikirch model is a new definition of health that aims to transform thinking about health from an undetermined and ill-defined notion to a concept with a well-defined structure. It contains 5 components and 10 complex interactions that in health must function in such a way that the biologically given potential (BGP) and the personally acquired potential (PAP) of a person together respond satisfactorily to his or her demands of life. An unsatisfactory response leads to disease. When comparing person-centered healthcare with the Meikirch model the question arises whether or not the 2 ways of thinking are compatible and complement each other. Analysis of details suggests a full agreement between the 2, yet the final answer to this question must be given by the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare.


Keywords


Biologically given potential, determinants of health, evidence-based medicine, health, Meikirch model, person-centered healthcare, personally acquired potential, scientific medicine

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ejpch.v5i2.1284

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