Focus on Culture for Patient and Family Care: Beyond the Medicine

by Roger Barnhart

As healthcare (including acute care, nursing homes, home health and all downstream providers) moves towards a greater focus on patient/family satisfaction, the model of healthcare must also evolve, for both the government and patients/families will be closely reviewing these in determining healthcare provider(s) of choice. A satisfied patient is a more compliant patient, making for a more engaged patient. Providers at every level must now move beyond the patient centered approach, into an understanding of the patient/family perspective and be willing and able to convert input to action and measurable goals, benefiting staff, patients and families.

We (leaders) may be in prominent positions, but ours are not more significant.

  • Those interacting with, caring for and treating patients/families have significant importance. Read Full Article.