In this article recently published in The Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology, Associate Professor Rachael Morton and Marcus Sellars consider what person-centered care means in the context of kidney diseases, and is it really a paradigm shift from the way care is currently provided?
The authors conclude that person-centered care represents a shift from the historical way nephrology services were designed to operate because it places on equal footing an individual’s preferences, needs, and values as they evolve over time, as well as taking into account any other personal circumstances. The potential implications of a move to person-centered care from disease-centered or patient-centered care include:
- a collaborative approach to care, using shared goals rather than prescribed targets;
- a greater understanding by the individual of their condition and their treatment, which leads to better decision-making and a more positive experience of care;
- and, with increased input from the people who use kidney services and the people responsible for them, a better codesign and coproduction of kidney services.
From Patient-Centered to Person-Centered Care for Kidney DiseasesRachael L. Morton, Marcus SellarsCJASN Feb 2019, CJN.10380818; DOI: 10.2215/CJN.10380818