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Person and Family Centred Care

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Title: Person and Family Centred Care

Authors: Jane Barnsteiner, Joanne Disch, Mary K Walton

Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International

Reviewer: Emma Connolly, children’s and young peoples student nurse, University of Salford

What was it like?

Fundamentally, this book would be ideal for any healthcare professional or service user wanting to increase their knowledge base regarding person centred care. Person centred care is forever growing within our nursing culture, which is why this book would be beneficial to anybody interested in providing excellent person centred care. When I was flicking through each chapter I noticed that the book was cleverly organised with a clear rationale for the organisation of the chapters. Firstly, the book discusses the definition of person and family centred care which would be beneficial to any healthcare professional from all fields of practice. The book continues to discuss the historical context of person centred care as well as a viewing person centred care from a patient’s perspective.

What were the highlights? 

The highlight is the brief background of each author at the beginning of the book. Knowing that this book has been written by a variety of healthcare professionals provided me with a feeling of reassurance, knowing that the literature was sourced from evidence based practice. Furthermore, I also enjoyed the references section at the end of each chapter where further reading may be sought. In addition the front cover of this book uses bright, attractive colours so it would never get lost on your bookshelf.

Strengths & weaknesses:

One of the major highlights of this book is the sheer amount of evidence based and referenced literature regarding person and family centred care. The book also contains reflection activities, which allows the reader to reflect on their own personal feelings and collate information regarding person centred care. From my personal opinion I cannot fault this book as the literature presented has been thoughtfully collated and is relevant to the subject area.

Who should read it?

From a student nurses perspective this book would be beneficial to any student nurse regardless of their field of practice. In addition this book would also benefit other healthcare professionals and service users who are interested in person centred care. Furthermore this may be a valuable learning source for students within a university setting to gain in depth knowledge regarding person centred care.

Person and family centred care

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