Inside best practice: Patient empowerment medicine

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 25, 2010

By delivering patient empowerment medicine, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) empowers patients and family members to be at the core and center of their own treatment.

Because the hospital is a cancer center, “we explain to them that they might be at higher risk of confusion—this could be cancer tumor-related; chemotherapy can increase confusion; and also our patients can become very sick really quick at times during treatment, so they’re more at risk of falling,” says Kimberly Bertini, RN, MRP coordinator with CTCA at Midwestern.

“Empowering patients and family members from the get-go that they might become more confused and explaining the plan on how we’ll work together as a team to address it immediately decreases anxiety of both the patient and their family members.”

Source: This excerpt is from the June issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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