Person-centred care is important
Why is person-centred care important?
Person-centred care is now seen as a high priority, as making sure people are involved in and central to their care is now recognised as a key component of developing high quality healthcare.
There is much work to be done to help health and social services be more person-centred and this has become more of a priority over the past decade.
It is hoped that putting people at the centre of their care will:
* improve the quality of the services available
* help people get the care they need when they need it
* help people be more active in looking after themselves
* and reduce some of the pressure on health and social services
Research has found that person-centred care can help to improve people’s health and
reduce the burden on health services. Many governments are introducing new policy which emphasises and strengthens the voice of patients moving away from a paternalistic model where professionals ‘do things to’ people. This is now more important than ever as people are living longer and there is an increasing demand for health services.