Patient- and Family-Centered Care 1

Monday, April 11, 2016

Patient- and family-centered care is a way of thinking about the relationships between patients, their families and the people who provide health care. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this method of health care in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The heart of patient- and family-centered care is the concept that health care providers and the patient and family are partners, working together to ensure excellence in health care happens.

Patient- and family-centered care places value on meeting the individual needs of each patient and family, empowering families to be involved in the patients care, embracing the individuality of each patient, and an understanding that patients and families are key partners for quality and safety.

Patient- and family-centered care is not just being nice to patients and their families. It is an approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families.

Partnering with patients and families enhances communication by providing the opportunity to speak up if there is a concern about medications, treatments or ongoing health needs. This partnership with the health care team provides an additional set of eyes and ears to promote safe quality care to every patient every time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.