Patient-Centered Care and the Mediatorís Skills

 

Mary K. Walton

 

      Bioethics mediation training offers knowledge and skills valuable for clinical ethics consultants who are engaged in high conflict situations. Furthermore, clinicians with this training can support organizational efforts to create a culture that is centered on the values, needs, and care preferences of patients and their families, rather than on those of the clinician or organization. Patient-centeredness is a hallmark of quality and an essential component for patientsí safety. Clinicians with mediation training have the communication skills to address the myriad needs of patients and their loved ones, needs that are challenging to meet in inpatient hospital settings. The author illustrates principles of mediation such as validating patientsí emotions, revealing the interests of all stakeholders, and shaping a shared solution to demonstrate how these skills have broad applicability in patient care settings.

 

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