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Holistic and patient-centred care 

Holistic and patient-centred care
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Holistic and patient-centred care
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10.1093/med/9780198831426.003.0010
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date: 09 May 2021

This chapter examines important components of providing a holistic and patient-centred approach to care including motivational interviewing and goal setting. Only by exploring the patient’s view from a physical, psychological, spiritual, and social perspective can meaningful care be provided. Definitions of holistic and patient centred care are given together with guidance on what nurses need to consider when undertaking a nurse consultation. The value of such an approach is outlined in the context of legal responsibilities, documentation, and consent. Considerations on how to aid patients in becoming educated about their conditions, the social and psychological impact of the condition, interpreting evidence, and making an informed decision are also discussed. The role of the nurse in offering education and support to the patient and their family with the key aim of encouraging active participation in their own care results in more positive outcomes. The chapter also offers information and support offered by the voluntary sectors.

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