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Title: Theoretical and philosophical framework for individualised care
Authors: Papastavrou, Evridiki 
Igoumenidis, Michael 
Lemonidou, Chryssoula 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Basic Medicine
Keywords: Humoral medicine;Individualised care;Individuality concept;Patient advocacy;Personalised medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
Source: Individualized Care: Theory, Measurement, Research and Practice 1 January 2018, Pages 7-15
Abstract: Individuality plays a central role in human existence. Its realisation varies greatly in different historical times and places. In modern societies it can often be under threat, under the influence of mass media and mass production, but its importance is recognised, and there have been constant efforts to enhance it. In health services, holistic care for individual patients has become a milestone goal. Individualised care can improve patient outcomes in an ethical and respectful way. Despite the difficulties posed by modern health-care delivery, an increasing number of studies ascertain the importance of individualised care. Based on the existing evidence, various health-care organisations recognise the need to enhance individualised care and implement various initiatives to do so. However, various economic constraints do not allow for wide implementation of individualised health interventions. Technological progress provides more opportunities than ever for individualised care, but limited health resources set a series of obstacles for its delivery. Further research in this field shall help towards embodying the best affordable individualised care in modern health delivery.
ISBN: 9783319898995
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-89899-5_2
Type: Book Chapter
Affiliation : University of Patras 
Cyprus University of Technology 
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 
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