Understanding the Depths of Patient-Centered Care

The New York Times recently published a ‘thank you’ note from a man whose wife had suffered a severe asthma attack and later died as a result.  He was so taken with the care she, he, their family and friends all received by the hospital staff, from doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists, that he had to reach out and express is gratitude.

From an interprofessional perspective it is so clear here that his experience at this particular hospital was due to an amazing culture of patient-centered care – a true “bedside” mentality.  Please read this short article when you have some time, because its show how important providing dignity for patients,  regardless of their condition, as well as a space for others to love, grieve and often say goodbye in a meaningful way can be for family and friends.

Office of IPE @ CUW

Michael Oldani; michael.oldani@cuw.edu