In this opinion piece published in HealthManagement.org, carer and consumer advisor Belinda MacLeod-Smith challenges us to consider crucial elements of whole patient care, and how they can be impacted by limiting factors.
Belinda highlights work undertaken by Dudgeon on information and communication preferences. Simply put, this relates to how someone learns, when they’re open to learning, how they seek out information, and how they prefer to exchange information with a care team.
“A whole patient understanding is crucial. Quite simply, people don’t perceive themselves as a collection of conditions. Health is personal, intertwined with people’s individual perceptions and mindsets, with the environments in which they live and work and the people with whom they interact.” (Dudgeon 2015)