Guests and staff at the centre meet regularly, to develop and evaluate the service and their holistic approach. This approach looks at work, relationships, finance, sociocultural and spiritual beliefs, education, accommodation, medical and psychological interventions, and wellbeing.
Person-centred care in all health policy
Empowering people to take charge of their own health status and behaviours is both ethically advantageous and cost-effective. Studies have shown that improving individuals’ self-management and involving them in shared decision-making can lead to reductions in future service usage.
Person-centred care and meaningful engagement with people who are experts by experience should be a staple of all health policy and practice. Mental health, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer are today’s – and tomorrow’s – major global health concerns. These conditions are associated with certain behaviour patterns linked with individuals’ wellbeing, environment, resilience and support systems.
There are numerous positive public health interventions, such as tobacco control, alcohol minimum pricing, and taxes on high-sugar food and drink. But these should be part of a package of interventions that focus on empowering people to change their behaviours for themselves – and not just because an unhealthy lifestyle costs more.
This goes beyond the traditional health promotion tools of taxation, information provision, legislation and so on. We need more research and investment in designing services that involve people, and allow individuals to be involved in every step of the decision-making process. This will allow everyone to be an active contributor to not only their own health, but also the wider healthcare system and overall environment.
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The Health Policy Partnership has published previously on mental health, person-centred care and public involvement in health. See the relevant sections on our Publications page, or read our global synthesis report on The state of play in person-centred care.
Sandra Evans is a former Researcher for The Health Policy Partnership.
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Health Policy Partnership.