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A Constructive Reframing
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2006
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 21, Issue S1, pages S3–S8, January 2006
How to Cite
Beach, M. C., Inui, T. and and the Relationship-Centered Care Research Network (2006), Relationship-centered Care. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21: S3–S8. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00302.x
*The members of the Relationship-Centered Care Research Network are: Richard Frankel, Judith Hall, Paul Haidet, Debra Roter, Howard Beckman, Lisa A. Cooper, William Miller, Dave Mossbarger, Dana Safran, Dave Sluyter, Howard Stein, and Penny Williamson.
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2006
- Received for publication August 29, 2005 and in revised form September 13, 2005 Accepted for publication September 13, 2005
- patient-provider relations;
- patient-provider communication;
- relationship-centered care
All illness, care, and healing processes occur in relationship—relationships of an individual with self and with others. Relationship-centered care (RCC) is an important framework for conceptualizing health care, recognizing that the nature and the quality of relationships are central to health care and the broader health care delivery system. RCC can be defined as care in which all participants appreciate the importance of their relationships with one another. RCC is founded upon 4 principles: (1) that relationships in health care ought to include the personhood of the participants, (2) that affect and emotion are important components of these relationships, (3) that all health care relationships occur in the context of reciprocal influence, and (4) that the formation and maintenance of genuine relationships in health care is morally valuable. In RCC, relationships between patients and clinicians remain central, although the relationships of clinicians with themselves, with each other and with community are also emphasized.