Exploring the effects of advancing patient and family-centred care (PFCC) within an acute adult cardiac ward

Linda Ewart, Claire Gibbs, Jenny Moore, Kenda Crozier

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This paper outlines a service improvement project undertaken in one acute cardiac ward within a regional NHS trust in the east of England that explored the impact of advancing patient- and family-centred care within an acute adult setting. The project was implemented and evaluated over a 9-month period between March and December 2012 and data collected via a pre and post-intervention survey.
The results demonstrated that the majority of family carers wanted to be involved in patient care. The provision of flexible family visiting, facilitated and supported family carer involvement in care provision and improved partnership working between family carers and the multidisciplinary team, had a positive impact on the patient and family carer experience. This project has demonstrated the value of involving family carers in acute adult inpatient care provision and the importance of flexible family visiting to enable this to be successful.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Patient and family centred care
  • Family carer
  • Partnership working
  • Vulnerable adults
  • Person-centred care

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