Problems in health care may arise from healthcare providers focusing on managing diseases rather than on people and their health problems. Patient-centred approaches are increasingly incorporated into training for providers, although 'patient-centredness' is hard to define or measure. Interventions focus on issues like consultation style, developing empathy, and identifying and handling emotional problems. This review of trials found that training in patient-centredness for healthcare providers may improve communication with patients, enable clarification of patients' concerns in consultations and improve satisfaction with care. It is not clear whether this training makes a difference to healthcare use or outcomes.