The Somatic Connection  |   October 2016
Transcendence From Patient-Centered Care to Person-Centered Care: A Study of the Biopsychosocial Impact of Personality on Health
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  • Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, Lebanon, Oregon 
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The Somatic Connection   |   October 2016
Transcendence From Patient-Centered Care to Person-Centered Care: A Study of the Biopsychosocial Impact of Personality on Health
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 687. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.137
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 687. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.137
Fahlgren E, Nima AA, Archer T, Garcia D. Person-centered osteopathic practice: patients’ personality (body, mind and soul) and health (ill-being and well-being). Peer J. 2015;3:e1349. doi:10.7717/peerj.1349. 
Osteopathic physicians have often seen the effect that biopsychosocial stressors can have on a patient’s health and well-being. There are few studies, however, that examine how personality influences health outcomes. Understanding how personality can affect health care and engage patients in self-care is crucial to moving health care forward. 
Thirty osteopathic practitioners in Sweden who were members of the Swedish Osteopathic Association agreed to voluntarily participate in the data collection of their patient population. Swedish researchers examined the link between personality and health in this study of 524 patients. 
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