People in control of their own health and care: The State of Involvement

The King’s Fund, 4 November 2014

The idea that people should have a stronger voice in decisions about their health and care, and that services should better reflect their needs and preferences, has been a policy goal of politicians and senior policy-makers in health for at least 20 years. Patients want it, and the evidence shows that when they are involved, decisions are better, health and health outcomes improve, and resources are allocated more efficiently.
Despite this, and some small pockets of improvement, there has generally been a lack of progress towards fully involving people in their own health and care. This report examines the reasons behind this, and considers how we can advance the cause of making person-centred care the core of health and care reform.

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Experiences of person-centred care – patients’ perceptions: qualitative study

BMC Nursing, 8 October 2014

Patient care models have been implemented and documented worldwide. Many studies have focused on features that hinder and facilitate the shift to such models, including the implementation process, staff involvement, resistance to new models and cultural dimensions. However, few studies have identified the potential effects of such new care models from a patient perspective. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether patients did in fact perceive the intentions of partnership in the new care model 1 year after its implementation.

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No Assumptions – A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in Mental Health

National Voices, August 2014

A new resource launched by Think Local Act Personal and National voices describes the critical outcomes and success factors in the care, support and treatment of people who use mental health services, from their perspective.

The narrative will help NHS and council commissioners and providers of services to organise person-centred care and recovery-oriented support for mental and physical health and to know when they are achieving it.

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