Person-centredness in the community care of older people: A literature-based concept synthesis
Person-centredness: A concept synthesis
International Journal of Social Welfare
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Wilberforce, M., Challis, D., Davies, L., Kelly, M., Roberts, C., & Clarkson, P. (2016). Person-centredness in the community care of older people: A literature-based concept synthesis. International Journal of Social Welfare https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12221
‘Person-centredness’ is a ubiquitous term, employed in modern care services to signify policies and practices that attend to the uniqueness of each individual user. Despite being highly regarded in older adult community care services, there is much ambiguity over its precise meaning. Existing reviews of person-centredness and its attributes have tended to focus on the medico-nursing literature, neglecting other interpretations, such as those relevant to community social care. A new literature-based concept synthesis reported here identified 12 common attributes within the broad themes of ‘understanding the person’, ‘engagement in decision-making’, and ‘promoting the care relationship’. The review also contrasts how these attributes are applied across different interpretations of person-centredness. The article argues that not all attributes of person-centredness necessarily pull in the same direction, and that older adults may require them to be delivered in different ways than they are to younger people. Thus, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach should be discouraged in community care.
person-centred care, patient-centred medicine, concept synthesis, community care, older people
This report is independent research arising from a Doctoral Research Fellowship (DRF-2013-06-038) supported by the National Institute for Health Research.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12221
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/255408