Whole person care is a defining feature of primary care, and particularly relevant with increasing chronic multimorbidity and for patients whose symptoms do not neatly fit a biomedical paradigm. Our previous research has found that general practitioners view whole person care as a multidimensional and integrated approach that considers the multiple factors that influence patients' health, has length (continuity), breadth (inclusivity), and depth of scope, and may be conducted within a healthcare team. Its essential foundation is the therapeutic relationship, and multiple factors influence its provision.

General practitioners have expressed a need for a whole person framework to use in patient assessment. Our current project aims to identify and compare existing whole person approaches to assessment from a variety of fields, that may be suitable for use in general practice. We are performing a systematic literature review using a framework and narrative approach to analysis to address this question. We expect that our results will enable identification or development of one or more approaches to assessment to practically assist general practitioners to take a whole person perspective and enhance patient care.

UQ Researchers

Hayley Thomas

Dr Hayley Thomas

Associate Lecturer
Primary Care Clinical Unit
Dr David King

Dr David King

Senior Lecturer
Primary Care Clinical Unit
Dr Johanna Lynch

Dr Johanna Lynch

Senior Lecturer
Primary Care Clinical Unit

Dr David Chua

Research Assistant
Primary Care Clinical Unit

Collaborators

Dr Megan Best
Research Associate & Senior Lecturer
University of Notre Dame Australia

Head of Palliative Care Research
Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney