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Ashley Langford (not verified)

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 06:25 pm

I love this new tagline put out by the CDC. Ultimately, this is the shift in thinking needed to provide patient-centered care. Patient-centered care is simply defined by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement as a relationship between patient and provider in which they work together to achieve health goals most important to the patient. It’s putting the patient with his/her goals and values, or the why, at the center of his/her healthcare (Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2019). While there are numerous barriers to creating this relationship and providing such personalized care, as stated, sustainable life changes to improve health are near impossible to make without patient engagement. That engagement often comes through providers guiding patients through defining their values and motivations for health, discussing ways to meet those goals, and proving treatment options. This can all occur at a clinic; however, the patient needs to be in a situation that supports the changes he/she is trying to make on a daily basis, which is where the patient’s social support comes into play. Social determinants of health need to be addressed to ensure these goals are achievable. Health begins where people live, work, and play, not in a 15 - minute clinic appointment. All of this comes back to figuring out the patient’s why and moving forward from there. It will require the effort of many, time, resources, policy changes, and system and process improvements to provide this type of quality care for all patients. As a future Family Nurse Practitioner, I’m realizing my greatest responsibilities will be taking an active role to help create the needed changes and increasing quality of life with my patients based on their why.