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Desirable Objects of Evaluation for Measuring Person-Centered Medicine: Conceptual Considerations Drawing on African Insights

Werdie van Staden


Developing instruments for measuring person-centered medicine (PCM) is faced with the challenge to formulate items or criteria by which the various aspects of person-centeredness may be identified and evaluated. In addition, consideration has to be given to the kinds of objects on which these items and criteria may be applied. This paper compares kinds of objects desirable for applying criteria of person-centeredness, including clinical consultations, health systems and Indaba shared story making. Informed by African insights, it favours the latter by reason of the validity and reliability Indaba shared story making seems to afford for measuring person-centeredness.


Validity; reliability; consultation; satisfaction; health systems; story making; African-inspired concepts and procedures.

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