Time to learn: understanding patient-centred care

Br J Nurs. 2010 Jul 22-Aug 11;19(14):912-7. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2010.19.14.49050.


This article is a literature review of the definition, models and methods of implementation of patient-centred care (PCC). Modern healthcare systems are rapidly changing to adopt a more patient-centred approach to care. However, the implementation of PCC can be hampered by the lack of a clear definition and methods of measurement. It is increasingly important for healthcare providers to understand the core elements of PCC. This article examines the literature to carry out a concept analysis of PCC, including definition, concepts and theoretical perspectives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Communication
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Family / psychology
  • Humans
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Advocacy*
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Social Support