Goal-setting in physiotherapy: exploring a person-centered perspective.

Review written by Robin Kerr info

Key Points

  1. The person’s needs, values and expectations are of paramount importance in person-centred care.
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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.

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.
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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.

METHODS

A content analysis on person-centred goal-setting in the physiotherapy setting was performed on 21 articles.

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