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Evaluators and assessment process in Person-centred Integrative Diagnosis

Janet Wallcraft, Michaela Amering, Sigrid Steffen, Ihsan M. Salloum


'Partnership for Evaluation' is one of the pillars of the person-centered integrative diagnosis (PID) model. Its importance is in enabling the assessment and evaluation of the problems and needs of health service users and it is fundamental to the development of more person-centered approaches in clinical practice. The need for clinicians, support professionals and service users to work in partnership is vital to effective service delivery and in the improvement of patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. International work on Trialogue, the process whereby clinicians, patients and family members meet for informal discussion, has demonstrated the multiple benefits of this approach. Research and policy in the UK and in Europe more generally has made significant advances in developing the means of creating successful partnerships of this nature. The current article reviews the conceptual basis of partnership as part of person-centered integrative diagnosis and treatment, discusses how we can improve genuine partnership work in the evaluation and assessment of mental health and presents examples of policy support for partnership working. It is concluded that shared decision-making and partnership can lead to better and more acceptable systems of wellness-focussed treatment and more responsible citizenship where people make better health choices and learn to care for themselves and those around them.


Mental health, partnership for evaluation, people-centered care, person-centered integrative diagnosis, person-centered medicine, shared clinical decision-making, Trialogue

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