PFCC Core Principles

The core concepts of Patient and Family Centred Care include:

Respect and Dignity
Health care practitioners listen to and honor patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.

Information Sharing
Health care practitioners communicate and share complete and unbiased information with patients and families in ways that are affirming and useful. Patients and families also receive timely, complete, and accurate information while also sharing complete information in order to effectively participate in care and decision-making.

Participation
Patients and families are encouraged and supported in participating in care and decision-making at the level they choose.

Collaboration
Patients and families are also included on an institution-wide basis. Health care leaders collaborate with patients and families in policy and program development, implementation, and evaluation; in health care facility design; and in professional education, as well as in the delivery of care.

What is meant by the word “family”?