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J Clin Nurs. 2004 Mar;13(3a):45-53.

Beyond person-centred care: a new vision for gerontological nursing.

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Department of Community, Ageing, Rehabilitation, Education and Research (CARER), School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sheffield, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK.


Currently considerable emphasis is placed on the promotion of person-centred care, which has become a watchword for good practice. This paper takes a constructively critical look at some of the assumptions underpinning person-centredness, and suggests that a relationship-centred approach to care might be more appropriate. A framework describing the potential dimensions of relationship-centred care is provided, and implications for further development are considered.

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