Reconsidering the patient-centeredness of osteopathy

Oliver P. Thomson, Nicola Petty, A. Moore

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The widespread use of the biopsychosocial model amongst various health professions, all of which claim to take a patient-centred approach to their practise, challenges what has been considered a unique and defining feature of osteopathy. This paper discusses the complexity of what is meant by patient-centeredness, and how it is practised and researched by other health professions. The assumption that osteopathy has always taken a patient-centred approach is questioned, and directions for further research are highlighted so that the profession can have a comprehensive working knowledge of its practise, thereby helping to define itself within the broad and competitive healthcare environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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  • Patient-centeredness
  • Patient-centred care
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Osteopathy
  • Qualitative
  • Evidence-based practise


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