Person-centred care is about dignity, worth, and human rights. It is sometimes called ‘patient-centred care’. Person-centred care involves treating people the way they want to be treated and listening to their needs and preferences. This includes involving them in decision-making and supporting quality of life. It also includes being treated with dignity and respect, and having your identity, culture, and diversity valued and supported.
Palliative care is naturally person-centred with its focus on quality of life and support for individual physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Compassion and valuing people as the person they are, rather than just the illness they have, is an important part of this approach.