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Word Length: 3000 words
Refence: 20 Scholarly references – APA referencing styles
Focusing health care delivery on patient needs and preferences is regarded as an important way for improving the quality of patient care. However, it has been often stated that patients are seldom the best judges of their medical care.
Analyse and discuss these statements in terms of the current trend by organisations to improve quality by redirecting policy and care delivery so that it is patient centred.
Give reasons for and against the following two statements along with a general point, with references from various scholarly journal articles – make sure to include searches via PubMed, other scholarly databases & various textbooks:
1. Focusing health care delivery on patient needs and preferences is regarded as an important way for improving the quality of patient care
2. It has been often stated that patients are seldom the best judges of their medical care
Please make sure conclusion is along the line of:
Patients’ needs certainly should be taken into account when proving quality health care. But like with most the solution, it is unfortunately not black and white. Patients need to be taken into account but this needs to be done in a manner where the patients lack knowledge in the health care system or medical profession does not hinder their own care. (e.g. patient does not want to wait for more than 10 mins to see a medical professional, but they don’t realise that the Dr is treating a complicated case and it would be dangerous and unethical to not spend adequate
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time with the patient before them. Just as the Dr, would do the same for them if the situation was reversed)
Some of the readings from course:
➢ Chapter 1 in Sorensen and Iedema (2008) ‘Managing Clinical Services in Health Services’
➢ Chapter 5 in Sorensen and Iedema (2008) ‘Putting the patient in the middle’.
➢ Chapter 6 in in Sorensen and Iedema (2008) ‘Multidisciplinary team care’.
➢ Chapter 7 in Sorensen and Iedema (2008) ‘Co-producing care’.
➢ Chapter 9 in Sorensen and Iedema (2008) ‘Quality & Patient Safety’.
➢ Chapter10 in Sorensen and Iedema (2008) ‘Organising for Quality
➢ ‘Patient-centred care: Improving quality and safety through partnerships with patients and consumers’. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. 2011. Luxford K. Piper D. Dunbar N. Poole N.
➢ What does the patient know about quality? Luxford, K. (2012).
➢ Black, N. (2013). Patient reported outcome measures could help transform healthcare. BMJ: British Medical Journal (Online), 346.
➢ Luxford, K., Safran, D. G., & Delbanco, T. (2011). Promoting patient-centered care: a qualitative study of facilitators and barriers in healthcare organizations with a reputation for improving the patient experience. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 23(5), 510-515.
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