Person-centered medicine and primary healthcare: academic perspectives

Main Article Content

Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Varghese P Punnoose


“The earliest roots of person-centered medicine can be found in ancient civilizations, both Eastern (such as Chinese and Ayurvedic) and Western (particularly ancient Greece), which tended to conceptualise health broadly and holistically. This notion is reflected in the encompassing definition of health inscribed in the constitution of the World Health Organisation. Also noticeable in the medical traditions from those early civilizations is a personalised approach to health care”.

Article Details

Third Geneva Conference on Person-centred Medicine: Institutional, Primary Care and Public Health Perspectives
Author Biography

Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, Dept of Psychiatry Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvalla, India

Professor & Head, Dept of Psychiatry, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvalla, India Awarded MBBS from Med College, Kottayam (1977), DPM from Madurai Medical College (1980) and MD (Psychiatry) from Post graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India in 1984. Was Professor & Head, Dept of Psychiatry, Govt Medical College, Kottayam and Trichur and later Principal at Co-operative Medical College, Kochi.Positions Previously held:State President, Indian Medical Association Kerala Chapter (1998-1999).State President, Indian Psychiatric Society, Kerala Chapter (1995-1996)General Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society (2002 – 2006).Secretary General, SAARC Psychiatric Federation (2004-2006)Current Positions:President-Elect, Indian Psychiatric Society, New DelhiPresident, Indian Association for Social PsychiatryPresident, National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMH), IndiaCo -Chairman, Preventive Psychiatry Section, World Psychiatric Association, GenevaMember, International Network for Person Centered Med (INPCM), New YorkMember,Faculty of Medicine& Tech,Cochin University of Science and TechnologyAssociate Editor, Indian Journal of PsychiatryAwards & HonoursGovt of Kerala Best Doctor Award, 2007SAARC Psychiatric Federation Award, Kathmandu 2006Ramachandra N. Moorthy National Award for distinguished service in the field of Psychiatry for the year 1998-99 by Indian Medical Association, New Delhi.IMA CGP National award for health administration - Indian Medical Association (2000).


Mezzich, J.E. (2007). Psychiatry for the Person: articulating science and humanism. World Psychiatry 6, 1-3.

Oyebode, F. (2009). In: Mindreadings: Literature and Psychiatry (ed. Femi Oyebode) The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Montgomery, K., Charon, R. & Coulehan, J.L. (1995). The study of literature in medical education. Academic Medicine 70 (9), 787-794.

Greaves, D. & Evans, M. (2000). Medical Humanities. Journal of Medical Ethics 26, 1-2.

Evans, M. (2001). Medical humanities for postgraduates. In: Medical Humanities (eds. D. Kirklin & R. Richardson). Royal College of Physicians of London.

Scott, P.A (2000). The relationship between the arts and medicine. Journal of Medical Ethics 26, 3-8.

Stewart M., Brown, J. B. and Freeman, T. R. (2003). In: Patient Centred Medicine - Transforming the Clinical Method, Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press Ltd UK.