Promoting person-centred care at the end of life
Intended for healthcare professionals

Promoting person-centred care at the end of life

Sara Stevenson-Baker Lecturer in adult nursing education, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College London, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To familiarise yourself with the basic principles of person-centred care

  • To enhance your knowledge of the benefits and barriers to providing person-centred care at the end of life

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Providing person-centred care that takes into account each patient’s individual needs and priorities is crucial at the end of life. Nurses need to be aware of the main aspects of person-centred care, such as supporting shared decision-making, developing therapeutic nurse-patient relationships, and considering the patient’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. This article discusses the concept of person-centred care in the context of providing end of life care to patients and their families. It explains the benefits and barriers to providing person-centred end of life care, and outlines some of the areas that nurses and other healthcare professionals need to consider to promote effective care.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12171

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Stevenson-Baker S (2023) Promoting person-centred care at the end of life. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12171

Published online: 25 September 2023

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