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Opinion 2022: A look at person-centered healthcare in a range of setting

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In the fast-paced world of healthcare, it’s easy to get caught up in policies and protocols. But at the heart of effective patient care, a person-centered approach is of utmost importance. 

This means taking the time to really consider the unique needs and circumstances of each individual patient, rather than simply following a set of rules or guidelines. In this year-end article for 2022, we’ll explore insights from leading healthcare experts on the central topic of person-centered approach, touching on the following topics: 

  1. The importance of focusing on people in children’s care
  2. The benefits of a holistic approach in the rehabilitation space
  3. The need to address female sexual wellness
  4. The significance of supporting aged care employees; and
  5. The benefits of bringing end-of-life care home 

The importance of focusing on people in children’s care 

In the article “Efforts to support children must focus on people, not just policies,” Jarrod Wheatley talked about how crucial it is to consider the individual needs and circumstances of children, rather than relying solely on policies to address their unique needs. By taking a person-centered approach, we can better support and care for children and help them truly live the life they deserve. 

The benefits of a holistic approach in the rehab space

Treating mental health and providing the best rehabilitation options is complex and often requires more than just one type of care to receive quality support. Peter Hayton shared in his article “The Benefits of a Holistic Approach in the Rehabilitation Space,” that this approach can lead to better outcomes for patients by addressing their physical, emotional, and social needs. We can assist them in fully recovering and getting back to their normal lives by seeing them as a whole person rather than just simply their physical symptoms.

The need to address female sexual wellness 

Women’s sexual health is often overlooked and not given the attention it deserves. In “It’s Time We Stop Faking It and Get Serious About Female Sexual Wellness,” Dr Lionel Steinberg shared the importance of addressing this important aspect of women’s health. By taking a person-centered approach and considering the unique needs and circumstances of each patient, we can better support and care for women’s sexual health – bridging the pleasure gap once and for all.

The significance of supporting aged care employees 

Aged care employees play a vital role in the healthcare system, and we must recognize and appreciate their contributions. In “Beyond the Date: What Aged Care Employee Day Means to Me,” Lyn Franco emphasized the need to elevate workers in space more often. It goes without saying that aged care employees should not just be celebrated on the annually celebrated Aged Care Employee Day but should be celebrated every day. 

The benefits of bringing end-of-life care home 

Finally, in “How to Bring End-of-Life Care Home,” Kellie Cooper-Smith talked about how comfortable and less stressful end-of-life care at home can be for both patients and their loved ones. By bringing this care home, we can help patients and their families make the most of their remaining time together. 

The importance of a person-centered approach in healthcare cannot be overstated. By considering the individual needs and circumstances of those we serve, personalized care can be achieved that will truly support and empower them to reach their full potential. In the end, this approach will not only benefit the patient but will also help healthcare professionals to deliver the most effective and compassionate care possible. 

This year has brought a wealth of learning and insights from industry experts, highlighting alternative ways to optimize overall health beyond traditional approaches. Keep an eye out as the coming year is sure to bring even more valuable learning opportunities for the healthcare community. 

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