Five Challenges In Patient Centered Care

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There are five core competencies needed for health care professionals and they are provide patient centered care, work in interdisciplinary teams, employ evidence based practice, apply quality improvement, and utilizing informatics. In this paper, I will go into further detail how providing patient centered care is challenging, how to overcome the challenges, how it relates to my chosen profession, and how this competency can impact delivery of care to patients. Patient centered care is defined as “the practice of caring for patients (and their families) in ways that are meaningful and valuable to the individual patient, which includes listening to, informing and involving patients in their care” (Grenier and Knebel, 2003). Five challenges presented in patient centered care are patient obstacles, physician and practice obstacles, facility obstacles, community obstacles, and health literacy. When addressing patient obstacles usually, problems arise when the patient “demonstrates noncompliant behaviors, such as missing appointments or failing to make healthy lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or losing weight” (Hyden, 2011). This is difficult because if people do not want to take an active role in their care, then patient centered care will be compromised. “Evidence demonstrates that patients who are involved in their care decisions and management have better outcomes, lower costs, and higher functional status than those who are not so involved” (Grenier and Knebel,
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