The measurement of patient-centered care (PCC) is a fundamental component of assessing and improving health care quality. There are a variety of PCC measures available which have been tailored to different health care conditions and settings. These distinct measures are valuable given the diversity of health conditions and contexts encountered in the health care system. However, the type of patient has received significantly less attention when measuring PCC despite the multitude of unique patient populations that exist. Specific patient populations raise several core challenges for PCC measurement to which researchers and practitioners need to attend: identifying what principles to measure, who is the most appropriate assessor, and how best to measure PCC. Examples of specific patient populations include geriatric patients, refugees, migrants and dyadic patients. Dyadic patients, such as the mother-infant dyad, are two individual, independent, yet inextricably linked patients who require simultaneous care. In this commentary, we use the mother-infant dyad as one example of a specific population to illustrate the challenges and argument for why additional specific patient populations warrant dedicated measures of PCC.

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This article is associated with the Policy & Measurement lens of The Beryl Institute Experience Framework. (http://bit.ly/ExperienceFramework)