Institute for Person-Centered Care

The Institute for Person-Centered Care will allow St. Ambrose University to be an incubator for person-centered care leadership, practice, and research. The Institute is well-placed at St. Ambrose University because it reinforces the University's commitment to social justice, health equity, and action/service.

Reinforcing that individuals are at the center of care, we will work with regional and national leaders to emphasize the following:

• WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: To strengthen the workforce in health and human services.
• CONTINUING EDUCATION: To provide opportunities for professional development on person-centered care related to and going beyond health and human services (e.g. Health Communication, Knowledge Management, and Informatics). 
• IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE: To advance the understanding of person-centered care through developing and evaluating innovative models to add to the PCC evidence base.

    Person-centered care places individuals and their families at the center of care, as equal partners with providers. People are treated as experts, working alongside health and human service professionals to guide all aspects of their care to reach their life goals and achieve the best health outcomes.

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    Elements of Person-Centered Care

    • Collaborative decision-making
    • Inter-professional and multidisciplinary care
    • Dynamic and relational
    • Driven by an individual's values and preferences

    What are the essential steps needed to practice person-centered care?

    • Create an individualized care plan based on person's preferences and goals.
    • Provide inter-professional care teams placing the person's goals at the center.
    • Have one primary point of contact for an individual's care.
    • Provide continual information to the individual and his/her family.

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    What is Person-Centered Care?

    Globally, 1 in 20 people still lacks access to essential health services. WHO is supporting countries to progress towards universal health coverage by designing health systems around the needs of people instead of diseases and health institutions, so that everyone gets the right care, at the right time, in the right place.


    We have collected some initial reviews and articles below that illustrate the breadth and depth of the Person-Centered Care in practice. These resources will be regularly updated.

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    World Health World Health Organization (WHO):
    Framework on Integrated people-centered health services

    Person Centered Care:
    A definition and essential elements American Geriatric Society Expert Panel (pdf)

    Measuring Person-centered Care:
    A Critical Comparative Review of Published Tools Evardsson and InnesThe Gerontologist
    Patient-Centered Care and People-Centered Health Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: Why So Little of Something So Badly Needed? International Journal of Person Centered Medicine

    Maternal and Child Health:
    Integrated Person-Centered Health Care for All Women During Pregnancy: Implementing World Health Organization Recommendations on Antenatal Care for a Positive Pregnancy Experience. Global Health Science Practice

    Mental and Behavioral Health:
    Person-centered planning in mental health: A transatlantic collaboration to tackle implementation barriers. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
    Facilitators and Barriers to Person-centred Care in Child and Young People Mental Health Services: A Systematic Review. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

    Elder Care:
    Effects and meanings of a person-centred and health-promoting intervention in home care services - a study protocol of a non-randomised controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics


    Institute for Person-Centered Care
    518 W. Locust St.
    Davenport, IA 52803

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