Patient Centered Care:
•Putting the patient at the centre of the process
•Respecting the patient’s views
•Making the patient an equal partner in decision making
•Recognising ways in which the patient can take responsibility for their own health care
•Supporting the patient to make health and/or lifestyle changes
•Enable the patient to make informed choices, give informed consent and be empowered to access health care services.
Professionals support patient to change:
•Identify the lifestyle factors and why they might be affecting the patient’s health.
•Suggest changes that could be made.
•Give advice on how best to make the changes.
•Issue leaflets, internet sites etc that might be a source of reference.
•Refer on to other professionals.
•Give the patient responsibilities and targets.
•Monitor patient progress.
•Ask the patient what support they need.
Patient take responsibility:
•React quickly to symptoms
•Self – help/medicate where possible.
•Seek the most appropriate source of advice/help.
•Follow any advice given.
•Use prescription medication properly.
•Don’t exaggerate or minimise symptoms.
•Know any allergies
•Use sources of advice given.
•Return aids and appliances.