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Responding to vulnerability in old age: patient-centred care

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clare Abley


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Patient-centred care is a term widely used in health policy and is familiar to staff as a principle or commonly agreed approach to care. However, nursing and multidisciplinary teams often do not agree how it should be provided for older patients. This article outlines three different models of patient-centred care applicable to the care of older people. The article also explores the concept of vulnerability in old age, highlighting differences between the perspectives of older people and those of professionals and how clinical practice can be improved to achieve a more patient-centred approach. The links between patient-centred care and vulnerability in old age are considered along with the implications of this for clinical practice.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Abley C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nursing Standard

Year: 2012

Volume: 27

Issue: 9

Pages: 42-46

Print publication date: 31/10/2012

ISSN (print): 0029-6570

ISSN (electronic): 2047-9018

Publisher: RCN Publishing