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1Running head: EMPOWERING THE PATIENTEmpowering the Patient: An Innovative Approach to Long-Term CareJohn DoeWestern Kentucky University
2EMPOWERING THE PATIENTAbstractThis paper is about the gradual shift to person-centered care in long-term care services. Person-centered care empowers the patient to make decisions about their health and treatment and allows their involvement into the plan of care. The essential benefits to this new approach include the patient’s likelihood to stick to their plan, money saved from unwanted/unnecessary treatments, and the closer interpersonal relationships that are developed between the provider and patient. Person-centered care promotes autonomy and respects the patient’s values, beliefs, and opinions. Empowering the patient is found to be one of the best ways to promote better health outcomes and increase quality of life.
3EMPOWERING THE PATIENTEmpowering the Patient: An Innovation Approach to Long-Term CareIndependence. Respect. Dignity. These are a few terms that describe person-centered care, a new concept in long-term care. With this new idea, the patient is the manager of their ownhealth outcomes and becomes empowered in their care. The definition of health and satisfaction is defined by the patient not the provider. This new way of thinking motivates the patient to become more involved and helps them stick to their care plan more easily. There are many benefits which come from person-centered care, the primary being: cost savings, increased quality of care and life, and greater satisfaction. The initiation of person-centered care was introduced by the culture change which has occurred over the past few years. Culture changes have shifted perspectives and traditions in order to better serve patients.