Thursday, March 06, 2008

Remaking American Medicine | Receiving Patient-Centered Care | PBS

Remaking American Medicine | Receiving Patient-Centered Care | PBS: "What are the Core Concepts of Patient- and Family-Centered Care?

* Dignity and Respect. Health care practitioners listen to and honor patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.

* Information Sharing. Health care practitioners communicate and share complete and unbiased information with patients and families in ways that are affirming and useful. Patients and families receive timely, complete, and accurate information in order to effectively participate in care and decision-making.

* Participation. Patients and families are encouraged and supported in participating in care and decision-making at the level they choose.

* Collaboration. Patients and families are also included on an institution-wide basis. Health care leaders collaborate with patients and families in policy and program development, implementation, and evaluation; in health care facility design; and in professional education, as well as in the delivery of care."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:23 AM

    Thank you for posting this definition of patient- and family-centered care. The producers of Remaking American Medicine received that definition from our organization, the Institute for Family-Centered Care. If readers want to read more about patient- and family-centered care, they can visit our website at

    Keep up the great work with your blog!

    Marie Abraham
    Policy and Program Specialist
    Institute for Family-Centered Care
    Bethesda, MD, USA


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