Patient-centered care means organizing health care that is respectful and responsive to the patient needs, preferences, and values, and ensuring that the patient values guide all clinical decisions. Teaching of medical humanism becomes a necessity to help neurosurgery residents in their future practice to do what they are already doing but in a more humanistic and empathic attitudes. A training programme to teach medical humanism core values through lectures, role modeling, and training in interpersonal skills, literature and humanities study can improve attitudes and behaviors. A set of 10 medical humanism values relevant to contemporary challenges, research, and practice of neurosurgery practice that can help residents and practicing physicians to maintain humanism behaviors in their practice are presented. A humanistic neurosurgeon provide a skilled, compassionate, and empathic care to her/his patients, and demonstrates respect for their values, autonomy, beliefs and cultural backgrounds. Neurosurgery is an apprenticeship profession, where humanism values can be taught and behaviors associated with humanism can be learned.
Part of the book: Frontiers in Clinical Neurosurgery