Health professional education and relationship-centered care
Four contributed essays discuss practical theories pertaining to a complexity perspective of organizations, interpersonal neurobiology, the administration of relationship-centered care
, and the cultivation of an "authentic, affirmative and courageous presence.
Other concerns such as the language of the model seemed less problematic in 2003, as biopsychosocial and related terms such as patient-centered care and relationship-centered care
have entered the medical lexicon and are now generally accepted.
Each chapter in this section addresses the goal of relationship-centered care
Biopsychosocial care is relationship-centered care
, and a modern application of that care using continuous access to communication offers an exciting opportunity to all humanistic clinicians.
With this continued focus on caring, or relationship building, in the curriculum, many schools of nursing implemented curricula that included caring or relationship-centered care
as a curricular thread.
Nurses heal through relationship-centered care
in which the therapeutic relationship between nurse and patient is paramount and through which the patient is assisted to achieve the balance so critical to health and wholeness.
Perhaps because both of these terms focused attention on the patient to the exclusion of the clinician, a joint task force of the Pew Health Commission and the Fetzer Institute introduced the term relationship-centered care
to indicate that medical care is founded upon relationships at four levels: patient-clinician, clinician-clinician (the health care team), health care system-community, and clinician-self (Tresolini & the Pew-Fetzer Task Force, 1994).
Mindful practice in action (I): Technical competence, evidence-based medicine, and relationship-centered care
The article on technical competence, evidence-based medicine, and relationship-centered care
(Epstein, 2003a) shows how tacit and personal knowledge can be made explicit and used to inform and improve the quality of medical care.