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How profile forms help us see the patient as an individual

Critical care unit staff found a simple way to enhance person-centred care
Helen Whiting

Critical care unit staff found a simple way to enhance person-centred care

Healthcare professionals strive to provide compassionate, patient-centred care. Doing this effectively means getting to know patients as individuals and understanding what their lives are like.

This knowledge helps nurses and other healthcare professionals improve the patient experience, but in areas such as critical care – where a patient may be sedated for several days – this information it is not always easy to obtain.

To help address this, a patient profile form for use in the critical care unit at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was developed and implemented.

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The form is completed voluntarily on admission by patients, or their families or

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