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Assembling the evidence for patient centred care

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4855
  1. Tom Fahey, professor of general practice1,
  2. Bébhinn NicLiam, board member2
  1. 1Health Research Board Centre for Primary Care Research, Department of General Practice, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland
  2. 2Endometriosis Association of Ireland, Carmichael House, Dublin 7, Republic of Ireland
  1. tomfahey{at}

National Voices has provided a promising series of narrative reviews

National Voices, a health and care charity coalition, has launched “a new set of take-away resources which set out the best ways to engage people and make person centred care happen.” These narrative reviews synthesise the evidence from five domains—promoting prevention; improving information and understanding; enhancing experience; supporting self management; and supporting shared decision making. Based on evidence from nearly 800 systematic reviews, they take the form of “simple guide” booklets that can be downloaded from the National Voices website (

With the overarching aim of providing evidence to “support commissioners and providers to access, understand and make use of the best evidence for various approaches to involving people in their health and healthcare,” these resources have achieved what they set out to do. The evidence in each of the five domains …

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