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Putting the patient at the heart of their care

A review of 'Developing person-centred practice' by Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor

Every so often I read a book that makes me want to punch the air and shout ‘yes’. This is one of those books. The author has put into words something that I have been struggling to formulate in my own head for years. From the outset, the author recognises that the person for whom care is provided does not exist simply as an individual, but that person-centred practice requires group, cultural, social and organisational factors to be considered in addition. Failure to address these issues results in less than person-centred practice.

In order to illustrate this point, each chapter in the book is constructed around a case study, each themed to reflect the major point of the chapter, with suggested reflections and activities. These are drawn together with examples and web-based resources for further information on the key subject areas covered.

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