Time and positive attitudes are needed for patient participation

Reviewers from Denmark examined ways to increase patient participation in nursing care. Four bibliographic databases were searched. All of the studies suggested that patient participation was useful and feasible. The main challenge identified was that patient expectations about the extent and quality of participation may be ‘unrealistic’, leading to patient dissatisfaction. Challenges could be addressed by devoting more time to engage with patients and by ensuring that professionals have a positive attitude towards engagement.

Reference:

Angel S, Frederiksen KN. Challenges in achieving patient participation: A review of how patient participation is addressed in empirical studies. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2015 May

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