Latin American perspectives on person-centered medicine


  • Alberto Perales Facultad de Medicina, Instituto de Ética en Salud, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Lima, Perú. Médico psiquiatra
  • Juan Mendoza Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Colombia. Academia Nacional de Medicina de Colombia. Colombia. Facultad de Medicina, Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Bogotá, Colombia. Médico neurocirujano. Doctor en Medicina y Cirugía
  • Rodolfo Armas Universidad de Chile. Chile. Médico gastroenterólogo
  • Oscar Cluzet Academia Nacional de Medicina de Uruguay. Uruguay. Médico. Postgrado en cirugía, medicina intensiva y emergencia. Magister en Bioética.



Person Centered Medicine –Health Care Systems- - Medical Education – Health Research – Public Health in Latin America


Person-centered medicine (PCM) is a programmatic global initiative led by the International College of Person-Centered Medicine. It has recently emerged in Latin America. It requires the use of scientific research as an instrument to generate the best clinical evidence, and humanism as the essence of medicine to help mankind. It is focused on not only combatting disease but also promoting the display of healthy human being potentials towards achieving well-being and comprehensive growth. Although the humanism of medicine in Latin America has been a distinctive characteristic of its practice, now, there is a worrying decline in its impact on healthcare. This article summarizes the Latin American perspective from four countries. Needs and experiences are compared and responses that arise in view of the dehumanizing influence of technology and health management as a consumption good are described.


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Perales A, Mendoza J, Armas R, Cluzet O. Latin American perspectives on person-centered medicine. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2016 Dec. 13 [cited 2024 Apr. 24];33(4):801-10. Available from:

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