This article defines the scope of Person-Centered Medicine, traces its roots in ancient conceptions, explains the reasons for the revival of this perspective in our times, and highlights the contribution of the International College of Person-Centered Medicine (ICPCM) in the promotion of the personcentered perspective in health and disease. The value of communication is underlined with reference to both diagnosis and treatment. The concept of Health is considered historically and the inclusiveness, holistic vista and positive health orientation of the WHO definition of Health (1948) is underlined. It is emphasized that Mental Health Promotion is differentiated conceptually from Disease Prevention in that promotion deals with health and prevention deals with illness, the relationship of Health Promotion with Salutogenesis (Antonovsky 1996) is noted and it is pointed out that among the targets of health promotion, preservation of peace is also included (WHO, 2004). In line with this, the ICPCM has supported and co-signed the Athens Anti-War Declaration (2016). Evaluating the impact of Health Promotion efforts is a necessary but difficult task as it requires targeted research and there are many inherent confounding factors. The social or environmental contexts of health behaviors should be taken into account as well as the subjective indicators of health. In an attempt to resolve the difficulties arising from this issue, the ICPCM has developed a prototype “Person-centered Care Index” (Kirisci et al 2016). With reference to Education it is pointed out that it is necessary for the educators to speak with the students rather than speak to them. Concerning research, the ICPCM in its 2013 Geneva Declaration has identified the main research areas in the person-centered field. The importance of assuring healthy lives and well-being for ALL is underlined and the difficulties associated with the achievement of this goal are noted. Lastly, the need to apply the principles of Person-centered Medicine to victims of natural, human-made and economic disasters (Christodoulou et al 2016) is underlined, especially in view of the frequent occurrence of these disasters in our times. In conclusion, the contribution of the ICPCM during the ten years of its existence, with reference to the sensitization of health professionals in the Person-centered approach is noted. This contribution has been carried out in line with the principles of the ICPCM and with its Geneva Declarations.

Key words: Health promotion, mental health, communication, evaluation, disasters, financial crisis, ICPCM.

G.N. Christodoulou, J.E. Mezzich, C.R. Cloninger,N. Christodoulou, E. Villar, J. Appleyard, M. Botbol (page 52)

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