Patient centered care blog

Definition of patient-centered care: “It is well established now that one can, in fact, improve the quality of health care and reduce the costs at the same time”. Physicians practicing patient-centered care improve their patients’ clinical outcomes and satisfaction rates by improving the quality of the doctor-patient relationship, while at the same time decreasing the utilization of diagnostic testing, prescriptions, hospitalizations, and referrals.  Patient-centered practitioners focus on improving different aspects of the patient-physician interaction by employing measurable skills and behaviors. (healthaffairs.org).

Collaboration on the plan of care: Providing evidence of what works and what does not work regarding the implementation of collaborative, interprofessional primary health care. Creating resources and tools to assist various health care professionals to work in a more collaborative environment; and obtaining support and agreement among various professionals about their roles and responsibilities in collaborative settings. Create a culture of interprofessional collaboration.  patient/client engagement; population health approach; best possible care and services; Access; trust and respect; and effective communication (www.fhs.mcmaster.ca).

Patient and provider compromise on the plan of care: Lack of proper communication between provider and patient. Physician-centered care which ignores patients beliefs regarding health. lack of time for proper implementation; accountability for patient care is ambiguous.

Benefits of patient-centered care: Improves patient satisfaction. Help to establish a trustworthy relationship between patient and provider. Better communication and better outcomes.  Better management of chronic conditions. Increasing the focus on prevention. Improving quality, safety, performance, and accountability.

Reference:

Patient-Centered Care: What It Means And How To Get There. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2016, from http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/01/24/patient-centered-care-what-it-means-and-how-to-get-there/

Putting Patients First: Patient-Centered Collaborative Care. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2016, from http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/surgery/documents/CollaborativeCare

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