The Power of Words: The Importance of Defining and Documenting Goals in Patient-Centered Care
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If palliative care is truly patient-centered care, a fundamental step is helping patients articulate who they are and what they need – then translating that into goals of care to be shared with the whole healthcare team.
This process sounds simple, but it takes practice, skill and training. You’ll find a trove of essential information in our new eBook, “The Power of Words: The Importance of Defining and Documenting Goals in Patient-Centered Care.”
This informative guide includes a new tool called “Who I Am and What I Need” that clinicians can use to help patients get to the heart of how they define themselves and what brings them meaning.
This eBook includes information on:
- Understanding patients on a human level
- The importance of an interdisciplinary approach
- Advance directives, POLST and other forms
- Using the “Who-What” tool to elicit patient goals and preferences
The Who-What guide contains easy-to-understand questions that help each patient describe how they see themselves. The tool includes prompts like:
- Key words that describe me
- Defining life experiences or events
- People I consider family
- Things that give my life meaning
- How I like to communicate
This eBook and the Who-What tool are perfect for any member of a palliative care team or any clinician who wants to better understand their chronically ill patients. The information is crystalized in a short form that can be included alongside a patient’s medical records.
Download this eBook if you are a:
- Registered Nurse
- Nurse Practitioner
- Social Worker
- Any member of a healthcare team treating patients who are chronically ill
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