Research Identifies Opportunities to Improve Person-Centered Care for Substance Use Disorder
This featured finding describes research considering how substance use disorder treatment facilities can operationalize person-centered care across eight dimensions.
AcademyHealth member Barbara (“Basia”) Andraka-Christou, J.D., Ph.D., and colleagues developed an interview instrument to examine research participants’ perceptions of how SUD facilities could implement person-centered care across these eight dimensions: 1) respect for client preferences, values, and culture; 2) information provision; 3) coordination and integration of care, 4) emotional support; 5) physical comfort; 6) family integration into treatment; 7) continuity and transition into the community; and 8) access to evidence-based practices.
Key findings include:
- The eight dimensions of person-centered care are inter-related, such that operationalizing one dimension may help operationalize another.
- All staff, clinical and non-clinical, are critical for operationalizing person-centered care.
- Operationalization of each dimension is important; merely operationalizing respect for patient preferences in treatment (the dimension with the most attention in scholarly work to date) is insufficient.
To learn more about this work, please visit https://ccie.ucf.edu/person-centered-care/.