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Patient-Centered Care; Physicians’ View of Obstacles against and Ideas for Implementation

Authors: Faisal Abdullatif Alnasir and Ahmed Jaradat

Int J Med Res Health Sci.161-168 | pdf PDF Full Text

To implement proper family medicine practice and to get the best of it, the concept of patient-centered care (PCC) has to be put into use. Studies have found that one of the most important advantages of PCC is the increase in the patients’ quality of life. PCC has been recognized as a marker of quality in health service delivery with its improvement. However, the physicians’ belief is essential for its implementation. A cross-sectional study was done to find out what family physicians think of PCC and what they believe are the obstacles that block from its use in Bahrain. Twenty-eight family physicians (FPs) working in the primary health care centers were arbitrarily culled from a pool of doctors. To all a pre-designed questionnaire was sent that contained three parts; demographic information, type of facilities that they work and whether it is promoting PCC practice and the last was concerned with the physicians’ view about the barrier against its implementation and what they cerebrate that could avail in promoting it. The results showed that the majority of the participants were family physicians working in governmental health centers. More than 85% knew the congruous definition of PCC and 96.4% thought that the most common barrier for not implementing PCC approach is the time constraint while almost 93% thought that the short duration of time of the consultation is another impediment for implementing PCC. Withal, 57.1% and 53.6% of FPs thought that language and the doctor’s communication skills are other barriers respectively. Since the ultimate aim of provision of health care in any country is the optimal health of the population and since PCC practice could fortify and avail in achieving that goal, it is recommended that policy makers and health authorities are required to abstract all obstacles that works against implementing PCC and change the work environment in order to make it facile for the practitioners to apply PCC practice approach.

Key words: Patient centered care, Primary Care Centers, Family Physicians, Barriers, Obstacles.

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