People-centred health care
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the patient’s perspective of health care and how health systems can better respond to the needs of all health care stakeholders and constituencies in a holistic manner. Previous recommendations of Member States through the WHO Regional Committees for the Western Pacific and South-East Asia reflect the need to pursue work in the following: equity and fairness into policies; the development of programmes firmly grounded in ethical principles; the quality of health care and patient safety; human dignity, patients’ rights and needs, and the role of families, culture and society; the broader psychosocial and cultural determinants of health; and ethics related to medical practice, research and education. These issues have widespread relevance and significance. Improving health care quality and safety and enhancing the people’s experience of care require attention not only to health system design but also to the focus and process of patient care. How to best use information about the needs and expectations of patients and other health stakeholders as a set of organizing principles for the design of health care systems is a shared challenge across countries in the Asia Pacific Region.