asks that the healthcare industry re-align itself in such a way as to provide a team that is multi-disciplinary and works together for the good of the patient, that care become more patient centered, and an effort to determine how to use clinical support staff in such a way as to reduce the pressure on the healthcare professionals that are already overwhelmed (Garling report, 2008). This paper will discuss recommendations made by the commission and how shared patient centered care teams can provide much needed care.
The patient provider relationship has been changing for some time and with new initiatives will continue to change. Today healthcare is electronic and highly regulated and healthcare workers are faced with increased amounts of accountability in their practice. Consumers are more interested in becoming part of their own healthcare and are reasonably able to contribute when that option is available (Smith, & Barefiled, 2007),. The shortage of professionals in healthcare is not expected to get better anytime soon and may, in fact, get worse. Every possibility of expanding the methods we presently use in supporting those professionals becomes important.
This is the time for true patient centered care. This is a growing trend and empowers healthcare consumers and their families with the adaption of patient centered initiatives. Caring Together has determined to create a focus on the patient. In doing that, they have set a goal to make healthcare more efficient as well as more sustainable. They have clearly stated that “everything must be about the patient.” (Caring Together, pg. 5). This has not been true in the last few years as the amount of paperwork grows and the supervision of support staff has waned. Now, however, is the time to move forward and solve these problems for the betterment of patient care.
According to Smith and Barefield (2007), there are seven aspects of patient centered care. Those include, respect for patient’s values,