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A Description of Nurse Practitioners’ Self-Report Implementation of Patient-Centered Care

Souraya Sidani, Laura Collins, Patti Harbman, Christina Hurlock- Chorostecki, Kathleen MacMillan, Scott Reeves, Faith Donald, Mary van Soeren, Patti Staples


This study aimed to describe the nurse practitioners’ self-reported implementation of patient-centered care (PCC) and factors that influence their delivery of PCC. It was guided by a conceptualization of PCC that identified three components that distinguish PCC (i.e. holistic, collaborative, and responsive care) and respective activities that operationalize them. A sample of 149 nurse practitioners employed in acute and long term care settings, in Ontario Canada, completed a valid and reliable measure of the extent to which they implemented the three PCC components. The results indicated that the majority of respondents reported engagement in most activities reflective of the PCC components, most of the time, and that experienced nurse practitioners performed a large number of these activities. Further research should examine the contribution of each PCC component, as implemented by nurse practitioners and other members of the healthcare team, to patient-oriented outcomes.

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