Health professionals across all disciplines--physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, respiratory therapists, child life specialists, occupational therapists, and others—have the opportunity to advance the practice of patient- and family-centered care during every clinical encounter. They do so by welcoming patients and families as partners in care—acknowledging patient and family expertise and strengths, encouraging their input, and acknowledging the value of their observations and perceptions. Such clinicians collaborate with patients and families to develop care plans and evaluate ongoing care. These individual partnerships are strengthened by institutional leadership and policies that promote patient- and family-centered care through education, resources, and support for health care providers.
In addition to collaborating at the clinical level, clinicians are also advancing patient- and family-centered care through partnerships at the policy and program level. Opportunities to collaborate with patients and families exist through task forces or other working committees, patient and family advisory boards, design planning teams, staff educational programs, and quality improvement initiatives or other evaluation activities. Similar to collaborating with patients and families at the clinical level, these partnerships may require new skills and knowledge.
New Policy Statement: Patient- and Family-Centered Care and the Pediatrician's Role
On January 30, 2012, the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care collaborated with the Committee on Hospital Care of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in releasing the Patient- and Family-Centered Care and the Pediatrician's Role. This revised AAP policy statement, co-written by Jerrold Eichner, MD, FAAP, Chair of the AAP Committee on Hospital Care 2007-2011, and Beverley Johnson, President and CEO of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, provides recommendations to promote patient- and family-centered care "throughout the health care system, including education of professionals, health care systems planning and facility design, and research." Read More...
Catherine Crock, MD—Australian Pioneer for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Dr. Catherine Crock received the prestigious Australian Churchill 2009 Fellowship Award, to study the benefits of family involvement in effective health care by examining patient- and family-centered care models. Read More