Patient centeredness is becoming a widely used but poorly understood concept in medical practice. It may be most commonly understood for what it is not: technology centred, doctor centred, hospital centred, disease centred.
Definitions of a patient centred approach seek to make explicit what is now implicit in patient care. Such definitions are often simplifications and although helpful in education and research, fail to capture the indivisible whole of a healing relationship. Our starting point is that patient centeredness is an integrative concept in which components interact and unite in a unique way in each patient-doctor encounter. The focus of the research project is on the accountability of the patient centred approach, how can it be implemented in GP.