EDITORIAL INTRODUCTION Getting to the Person in Diagnosis, Well-being, Care, and Digital Health

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Werdie van Staden


Articles of this issue in the International Journal of Person Centered Medicine are getting to the person in enlightening and somewhat surprising ways. The first article compares various diagnostic classifications, which may seem like an unlikely way of getting to the person considering that a diagnostic classifications may do the contrary and invoke distance between the clinician and the patient. But contrastingly, the first article shows that this depends on which specific classification one uses. The second article highlights that we should measure social harmony, which is an aspect of subjective well-being that is undoubtedly part and parcel of well-being but somewhat surprisingly has been neglected in quantitative personality and well-being research. The third article reports the challenges of values complexity in planning the discharging of older people from hospital and obtaining further care. Finding values complexity in this context may be expected but the emergence of this is somewhat surprising considering that the perspectives of not the older persons but merely one of the role-players (these are, nursing personnel) were analyzed qualitatively. The fourth article considers digital technologies that are set to open up new and surprising horizons for person- and people-centered health care, which are unfolding as we speak. 

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