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Enhancing adult therapeutic interpersonal relationships in the acute health care setting: an integrative review


Kornhaber, R and Walsh, K and Duff, J and Walker, K, Enhancing adult therapeutic interpersonal relationships in the acute health care setting: an integrative review, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 9 pp. 537-546. ISSN 1178-2390 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.2147/JMDH.S116957


Therapeutic interpersonal relationships are the primary component of all health care interactions that facilitate the development of positive clinician–patient experiences. Therapeutic interpersonal relationships have the capacity to transform and enrich the patients’ experiences. Consequently, with an increasing necessity to focus on patient-centered care, it is imperative for health care professionals to therapeutically engage with patients to improve health-related outcomes. Studies were identified through an electronic search, using the PubMed, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and PsycINFO databases of peer-reviewed research, limited to the English language with search terms developed to reflect therapeutic interpersonal relationships between health care professionals and patients in the acute care setting. This study found that therapeutic listening, responding to patient emotions and unmet needs, and patient centeredness were key characteristics of strategies for improving therapeutic interpersonal relationships.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health, acute care, therapeutic interpersonal relationships, relational care integrative review
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 outcomes
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Walsh, K (Professor Kenneth Walsh)
UTAS Author:Duff, J (Dr Jed Duff)
UTAS Author:Walker, K (Professor Kim Walker)
ID Code:111947
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-10-17
Last Modified:2018-02-07
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