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Person Centered Care and Personalized Medicine: Irreconcilable Opposites or Potential Companions?

El-Alti, Leila; Sandman, Lars; Munthe, Christian


Lars Sandman

Christian Munthe


In contrast to standardized guidelines, personalized medicine and person centered care are two notions that have recently developed and are aspiring for more individualized health care for each single patient. While having a similar drive toward individualized care, their sources are markedly different. While personalized medicine stems from a biomedical framework, person centered care originates from a caring perspective, and a wish for a more holistic view of patients. It is unclear to what extent these two concepts can be combined or if they conflict at fundamental or pragmatic levels. This paper reviews existing literature in both medicine and related philosophy to analyze closer the meaning of the two notions, and to explore the extent to which they overlap or oppose each other, in theory or in practice, in particular regarding ethical assumptions and their respective practical implications.


El-Alti, L., Sandman, L., & Munthe, C. (2019). Person Centered Care and Personalized Medicine: Irreconcilable Opposites or Potential Companions?. Health Care Analysis, 27(1), 45-59.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 21, 2017
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Nov 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 7, 2022
Journal Health Care Analysis
Print ISSN 1065-3058
Electronic ISSN 1573-3394
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Pages 45-59
Keywords Personalized medicine, Person centered care, Healthcare ethics, Concept analysis
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