What is it about?

There are differences in what patients across different countries consider important when making healthcare decisions. Patient-centered care (PCC) is a model of care that focuses on the individual patient's needs, values, and preferences. This model of care has been shown to improve patient satisfaction, health outcomes, and quality of care.

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Why is it important?

Our findings suggest that doctors should pay attention to information exchange and identifying patient concerns about treatment efficacy, cost, lifestyle impact, and recovery speed, and should not assume that all patients prefer shared decision-making. Instead, doctors should assess patients' preferences for decision control.


This cross-country research collaboration was made possible with the help of institutions — the Asian Association of Social Psychology, and the International Association of Language and Social Psychology. With limited funding, and with the research team's passion for research, we were able to create this research project. This research highlights culture shapes our healthcare decisions. I hope our research will add to the growing understanding of patient-centered care.

Aron Harold Pamoso
University of San Carlos

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This page is a summary of: A Multinational Study of Patient Preferences for How Decisions Are Made in Their Care, Medical Care Research and Review, July 2022, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/10775587221108749.
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