Person- (or patient-) and family-centered care (PFCC) has become the latest buzzword in the world of health care. We chase patient satisfaction scores that will boost reimbursement. New initiatives are started without consulting those who are at the bedside with patients and families. Many times the patients and families do not understand what their role in “participating in their care” means.

This book is for anyone in health care who wants to understand what PFCC is and how it is different from the care we have historically provided. Currently, there is no universal definition of PFCC; however, Barnsteiner et al have included a chapter describing the different definitions, as well as research developments of the concepts that should be included in PFCC. They point out, though, that most of the definitions and research have been done within the Western culture and may not...

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