Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 29 (2):159-185 (2019)

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Nate W. Olson
California State University, Bakersfield
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In recent years, hospitals, clinics, and professional organizations have with increasing frequency pledged their commitment to “patient-and family-centered care”. The movement toward PFCC is especially pronounced in pediatrics, where the American Academy of Pediatrics has a long-held, explicit commitment to PFCC. However, the unified movement toward PFCC obscures differing conceptions of its purpose. First, patient-centered care, as opposed to provider- or disease-centered care, focuses on increasing patient involvement in care to accomplish two related, but distinct objectives: improving health outcomes and better respecting patients’ wishes. The Institute of...
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