Health stewardship: a concept for best health outcomes
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Health stewardship: a concept for best health outcomes

Maria Donnelley PhD candidate in nursing, University of Texas at Tyler, Texas, US, Austin Gastroenterology, Texas, US

The concept of health stewardship and responsibility for self, marks a shift from adopting a paternalistic approach to care, with decision-making the main remit of healthcare practitioners, towards encouraging and empowering individuals to take increasing responsibility for their healthcare and outcomes. The main aim of nursing is to achieve optimal health outcomes for every patient. Exploring health stewardship as a path to wellness will assist healthcare practitioners to guide patients living with a chronic disease to be as healthy as possible.

Nursing Standard. 32, 21, 41-45. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e10799


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Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 December 2016

Accepted: 12 October 2017