Translating Person-Centred Care from Theory into Practice
A central concern within person-centred care is the establishment of a therapeutic alliance between the patient and the healthcare professional. In this respect person-centred care requires health professionals to engage seriously with the lifeworld of the people they care for and understand the everyday life, values, goals and motivations guiding the patient as a person. Conceptually, person-centred care is a form of collaborative, respectful partnership between patients and professionals with the patient’s narrative as paramount. While academics and researchers continue to elaborate the meaning of person-centred care, there is also uncertainty about its practical implications. This uncertainty is retarding the delivery of person-centred care in everyday health care.