Person-centered care: Opportunities and challenges for academic dental institutions and programs

Muhammad F. Walji, Nadeem Y. Karimbux, Andrew I. Spielman

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Many readers may be familiar with patient-centered care, but they may not be familiar with the concept of personcentered care. Person-centered care implies knowing the patient as a person, not as just another patient or as a clinical requirement in dental school. Person-centered care gains the trust of the patient and is meaningful to the person because it respects his or her values, preferences, needs, and beliefs, emphasizing the individual’s freedom of choice while promoting emotional and physical comfort. This article describes the concept of person-centered care, compares person-centered care with patient- and student-centered care, presents a vision of person-centered care in a clinic setting, discusses its opportunities and challenges in general, and outlines future topics of interest for the academic, research, and practicing dental communities, including opportunities for in-depth reviews and guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1265-1272
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • Dental education
  • Dentist-patient relations
  • Dentistry
  • Faculty development
  • Oral health provider
  • Patient care management
  • Patient-centered care
  • Patients
  • Person-centered care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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