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Achieving patient-centred care: the potential and challenge of the patient-as-professional role


Phillips, RL and Short, A and Kenning, A and Dugdale, P and Nugus, P and McGowan, R and Greenfield, D, Achieving patient-centred care: the potential and challenge of the patient-as-professional role, Health Expectations, 18, (6) pp. 2616-2628. ISSN 1369-6513 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/hex.12234


Background The patient-as-professional concept acknowledges the expert participation of patients in interprofessional teams, including their contributions to managing and coordinating their care. How- ever, little is known about experiences and perspectives of these teams. Objective To investigate (i) patients’ and carers’ experiences of actively engaging in interprofessional care by enacting the patient- as-professional role and (ii) clinicians’ perspectives of this involvement. Design, setting and participants A two-phased qualitative study. In Phase 1, people with chronic disease (n = 50) and their carers (n = 5) participated in interviews and focus groups. Phase 2 involved interviews with clinicians (n = 14). Data were analysed thematically. Findings Patients and carers de scribed the characteristics of the role (knowing about the condition, questioning clinicians, coordi- nating care, using a support network, engaging an advocate and being proactive), as well as factors that influence its performance (the patient– clinician partnership, benefits, barriers and applica- bility). However, both patients and carers, and clinicians cau- tioned that not all patients might desire this level of involvement. Clinicians were also concerned that not all patients have the required knowledge for this role, and those who do are time-con- suming. When describing the inclusion of the patient-as-profes- sional, clinicians highlighted the patie nt and clinician’ s roles, the importance of the clinician–patient relationship and ramifications of the role Conclusion Support exists for the patient-as-professional role. The characteristics and influencing factors identified in this study could guide patient engagement with the interprofessional team and support clinicians to provide patient-centred care. Recognition of the role has the potential to improve health-care delivery by promoting patient-centred care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Accreditation, Healthcare, Standards, General practice, Research
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)
ID Code:110123
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2016-07-13
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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