The Philosophy of Person-Centred Healthcare

This book sets out a philosophical basis for person-centred healthcare, primarily using work by Heidegger and Gadamer, but drawing on ideas derived from Aristotle and process philosophy, in order to show how practice can be improved and how examples of person-centred practice can be transferred between individuals and institutions involved in the commissioning and provision of healthcare. By providing an underlying architectonic, this work will help to enable practitioners to understand the benefits of person-centred healthcare practice in promoting autonomy in those who are suffering from chronic and other illnesses. The text takes a phenomenological approach to healthcare because it offers a rich and subtle way of thinking about how we know what we know, and this applies to our knowledge and understanding of how healthcare works just as much as it does to all other kinds of knowledge. For those in clinical practice, this book provides a guide to the thinking behind person-centred healthcare.


Derek Mitchell first studied philosophy at Oxford and subsequently at the University of Kent, Kings College London and Manchester Metropolitan University. After a long career in the National Health Service, which included groundbreaking work in primary care clinical effectiveness and clinical governance, he retired from the Health Service in 2004 due to a serious illness. He now acts as a spokesman for people with a stoma in East Kent. His publications include the books Heidegger’s Philosophy and Theories of the Self (2001) and Everyday Phenomenology (2012).

Michael Loughlin is a Professor in Applied Philosophy in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of West London, where he leads a Master’s degree in Person-Centred Health and Social Care. He is an Academic Visitor at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and a Project Director at the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Since the publication of his 2002 book Ethics, Management and Mythology, he has written extensively on health organisation and practice.

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ISBN: 1-5275-9058-5

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-9058-8

Release Date: 25th November 2022

Pages: 201

Price: £64.99

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