The Importance of Patient-Centered Care
As patients living with chronic and progressive diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), it is inevitable that we will experience hospitalization at some point. Whether that be proactively ahead of a test or procedure, or reactively due to an exacerbation, illness, or disease progression; it is likely something you have or will experience. Since being hospitalized can cause patients a lot of anxiety, it is important for all hospital personnel to prioritize patient-centered care. This is something I’m grateful that my transplant center does well and is always striving to improve for the patients they care for.
Back in November of last year, I wrote a column on the 3 key components of patient-centered care, which you can read HERE. Based on your own hospital experiences – whether they be inpatient or outpatient – I’m curious whether you’d add anything else to the key elements of patient-centered care practices.
As a patient living with IPF: what does patient-centered care mean to you?
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