GROWTH Commentary by Anna R Gagliardi, PhD
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Implementing Person-Centered
Care through Guidelines
by Anna R Gagliardi, PhD

Person-centered care (PCC) informs, educates, and engages health care consumers (patients, families, well public), and can be achieved by involving consumers in their own care, and in health system design and evaluation (1). PCC improves consumer knowledge, relationship with providers, satisfaction with services, treatment compliance, cost-effective service use and health outcomes (2,3,4). While advocated by governments and health system policies, it is less clear what organizations should do to achieve PCC, although such evidence is emerging.
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About this author: 

Anna Gagliardi is a Scientist at the University Health Network’s Toronto General Hospital Research Institute and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. She held a five-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator salary award from 2008 to 2013 to develop expertise in knowledge translation. This refers to developing and evaluating approaches for optimizing the translation of evidence generated through research into high quality health care. Anna’s research explores how to improve the quality and outcomes of health care services that persons (patients, families, well public) receive. In particular, Anna’s research focuses on how: (1) clinical practice guidelines can be better-designed to support health care decision-making by persons and health professionals; (2) multidisciplinary teamwork can be supported to improve satisfaction with, and the efficiency of health care delivery; (3) higher risk implantable medical devices can be monitored to prevent or minimize patient harm; (4) person-centred care can be delivered to women across their lifespan; and (5) person-centred hospital care can be implemented and evaluated.
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