'Five things about me' - enhancing person-centred care for older people

Emily May Robertson, Joanne M. Fitzpatrick

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Although person-centred care represents the gold standard of nursing practice, there are still instances of care that fail to recognise patients as individuals. Person-centred care depends on the nurse's knowledge of the whole person, including their values, beliefs and aspirations. This article describes a quality improvement project that sought to develop patient profiles based on the concept of 'five things about me', thereby contributing to person-centred care for older people on a medical ward. The effect on staff, older people and their families was assessed through questionnaires, and group and individual discussions. During the project period, 37 person-centred profiles were completed from 52 eligible patients. Ward staff reported increased confidence when delivering person-centred care and older people and their family members confirmed improvements in care delivery and strengthened relationships with staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalNursing older people
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • families
  • management
  • older people
  • patient assessment
  • patients
  • person-centred care
  • personalisation
  • professional
  • service evaluation
  • service improvement


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