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Person-centered Care vs Patient-centered Care

Despite a heavy reliance on technology, medicine and science, at the end of the day, dentistry is a people business. And though the distinction between patient and person may seem subtle, according to Dr. Christophe Bedos, Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, it is a crucial distinction when it comes to the quality of care delivered.

“It is not easy to be person-centered, especially when you have been trained to be disease-centered. But it is helpful for clinicians to explore the lives of their patients. To engage deeply with them and sometimes share emotions.”

In this edition of CDA Oasis Live with Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, Dr. Bedos discusses the merits of person-centered care over patient-centered care. He introduces his recently published framework for person-centered care and gives valuable tips on how to deliver a more people-centered practice. He recommends that dentists reflect deeply on how they respond to the needs of their patients and suggests that the future of dental practice may hang on a different type of relationship with the patient.

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