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Person-centered care - Ready for prime time

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 15/02/2012 12:45

Long-term diseases are today the leading cause of mortality worldwide and are estimated to be the leading cause of disability by 2020. Person-centered care (PCC) has been shown to advance concordance between care provider and patient on treatment plans, improve health outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. Yet, despite these and other documented benefits, there are a variety of significant challenges to putting PCC into clinical practice. Although care providers today broadly acknowledge PCC to be an important part of care, in our experience we must establish routines that initiate, integrate, and safeguard PCC in daily clinical practice to ensure that PCC is systematically and consistently practiced, i.e. not just when we feel we have time for it.

Ekman I et al. Person-centered care - Ready for prime time. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2011: 10(4): 248-251. Available at: http://gu.se/digitalAssets/1340/1340828_ekman-position-pcc-ejcvn.pdf



In this paper, they propose a few simple routines to facilitate and safeguard the transition to PCC. They believe that if conscientiously and systematically applied, they will help to make PCC the focus and mainstay of care in long-term illness.

Ekman I et al.