- The person’s needs, values and expectations are of paramount importance in person-centred care.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Person-centred care addresses the importance of the patient as a unique and capable person, with emphasis placed on the WHO he/she is, rather than what condition they are presenting with. It takes into ethical consideration “that the patient is a human-being with feelings, wishes, needs, beliefs and responsibilities and that the person’s goals for rehabilitation are his/her desired future states” (1). This literature review analyzed the components and processes involved with goal-setting in the provision of person-centred physiotherapy care, in which the person’s needs, values and expectations are of paramount importance. The overall aim of the review was construction of a framework for how this process could be “conceptualized and operationalized” in the physiotherapy setting.
Goals must be meaningful and relevant to the patient, and may not be associated with the traditional physiotherapy measures of pain, range of motion and strength.
A content analysis on person-centred goal-setting in the physiotherapy setting was performed on 21 articles.