Patient-centered care 101

Patient-centered care 101

  • Posted On : 8/29/2018 10:18 AM

Current best practices in the healthcare industry are focused on patient-centered care. As the life expectancy rate goes up and doctor visits are no longer for one-time trips, providers nowadays concentrate on overall wellness and being and not only the results.

What is patient-centered care?

The notion behind patient-centered care doesn’t mean the patient receives their every want and demand. Instead, it is considering and doing things with the patient’s interests in mind. It can involve hospital design layouts, preventative outreach or consider factors to deliver the best treatments and services for patients, case by case. Patient-centered care may be known by other names, but the approach still remains the same.

Implementing these practices creates a win-win situation for patients and healthcare facilities.

The benefits of patient-centered care

Patient-centered care is more invested in individual outcomes than general healthcare outcomes.

Not only do patients benefit from these practices. So do healthcare facilities:

Patient-centered care isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so how have hospitals and clinics incorporated this method into their current systems.



It’s important nurses and other healthcare professionals let the patient know their concerns and needs are important and respected. In the initial process, a nurse needs to encourage their patients to share their concerns and questions. This allows for culturally appropriate personalized care for each patient. This starts off the process for patient-centered care.

Access to daylight and nature

In recent years, access to nature and daylight have been a leading design element to increase better patient centered care methods. A great example of this is at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. The outside space is great for patients, family members and healthcare professionals to get outside, stretch their legs and smell the roses.

Personalized care plans

A patient wants to feel respected and know  the professionals are there for them. A great way to reaffirm this is through personalized healthcare plans. A patient will receive a healthcare plan based on their condition,  working with their current lifestyle and needs. The medication needed or used can also be personalized to help accommodates with this as well.

The three listed examples are just of the simple ways hospitals and clinics can implement patient-centered care.

The cornerstone of providing patient-centered care is found in the hospital design which allows healthcare professionals to create personalized care plans while optimizing staff workflow and lessening resource waste.


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