Beyond person-centred care: a new vision for gerontological nursing

J Clin Nurs. 2004 Mar;13(s1):45-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2004.00926.x.


Currently considerable emphasis is placed on the promotion of person-centred care, which has become a watchword for good practice. This paper takes a constructively critical look at some of the assumptions underpinning person-centredness, and suggests that a relationship-centred approach to care might be more appropriate. A framework describing the potential dimensions of relationship-centred care is provided, and implications for further development are considered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged / psychology*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Empathy
  • Geriatric Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Individuality
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Theory
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Personhood
  • Philosophy, Nursing*
  • United Kingdom