Systematic approaches to deliver the most humane medical care are underway, Elizabeth Tracey reports


Many clinicians believe a more human-centered approach needs to be taken in clinical medicine. One of them is Roy Ziegelstein, vice dean of education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who coined the term ‘personomics’ to describe it. He says there is another stepwise approach to achieve the same goal.

Ziegelstein: It's called P4 medicine. It really is most certainly patient centered care, it's medicine that is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory, and then it was updated when they proposed a fifth P emphasizing now the psycho cognitive aspects that characterize the patient, not only as a biological and genetic entity but also as a person with specific needs and values, habits and behaviors, hopes and fears, beliefs, personality and cognitive dispositions.  :32

Ziegelstein is heartened that awareness of a need to recenter medical cares and goals on individuals appears to be catching on. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.