Patient Centred Care
This essay aims to describe briefly what is meant by patient-centred care. It will also focus and expand on two key aspects of patient dignity - making choices and confidentiality. Patient-centred care (PCC) is an extensively used model in the current healthcare system (Pelzang 2010:12). PCC is interpreted as looking at the whole person and considering their individual values and needs in relation to their healthcare. By implementing a PCC approach it ensures that the person is at the very centre of any plans that are made and has a dynamic role in the decision making process (Pelzang 2010:12).
Service users of NHS Scotland are no longer being looked upon as being inactive receivers of care and are invited to have more involvement in
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This promotes the independence of the patient and helps to maintain their dignity. It is important for Nurses to encourage patients to retain their independence where possible. Encouraging patients to become involved in certain tasks within their capacity for example by allowing the patient to be involved in their own personal hygiene, washing certain personal areas of the body if they wish to do so allows the patient to feel like they have more control over what is happening to them and helps to alleviate any embarrassment the patient may be feeling (Matiti and Trorey 2008:2714). It is important to
In the role of a Nurse Good communication skills are key to ascertaining a good solid Nurse patient relationship. Communicating with the patient and treating them as a unique individual helps to give them a sense of worth and value and allows for trust and confidence to build enabling the patient to voice any choices or expectation they may have in relation to their care( Matiti,M et al 2007:48). The NMC Code (2008:2) also states that as a Nurse “you must act as an advocate for those in your care, helping them to access relevant health and social care, information and support”. It is by Nurses adhering to such standards and implementing them in their role of caring for the patient that promotes dignity and the PCC approach, allowing the patient to be in the driver’s seat and take control of the choices surrounding their