The “International Network for Patient-Centered Care“ (PCC NET) aims to facilitate and promote professional exchange, networking, and discussion on the topic of patient-centered care between researchers, educators, health care professionals, and patients. The PCC NET serves as a basis for the development of joint, international research projects and collaborations.
What is patient-centered care?
Patient-centered care proposes a shift in the health care model, by offering adequate access to continuous and coordinated care, provided by competent, empathetic, and respectful health care professionals.
Patient-centered care implies that health care professionals
- work in interdisciplinary teams to integrate medical and non-medical care as needed,
- take a biopsychosocial perspective to understand the patient as a unique person,
- build a partnership with the patient through collaboration,
- communicate clearly and communicate health information in an individualized manner,
- involve the patient and, where appropriate, the patient’s family in health decisions and encourage them to take actions to improve their health,
- help the patient to strengthen both their physical and emotional well-being.
More detailed scientific literature on patient-centered care can be found in resources.