PFAC Guiding Principles
Patient and Family-Centered Care Guiding Principles:
1) Dignity and Respect. Health care practitioners listen to and honor patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.
2) Information Sharing. Health care practitioners communicate and share complete an unbiased information with patients and families in ways that are affirming and useful. Patients and families receive timely, complete and accurate information in order to effectively participate in care and decision-making.
3) Participation. Patients and families are encouraged and supported in participating in care and decision-making at the level they choose.
4) Collaboration. Patients, families, health care practitioners, and health care leaders collaborate in policy and program development, implementation and evaluation; in facility design; and in professional education, as well as in the delivery of care.