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Nursing Perspectives on Person- and People-Centered Integrated Care for All

Yukiko Kusano



Person-centeredness resides at the heart of nursing and nurses also place people at the centre of their activities to achieve a healthier society. The commitment of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to deliver person- and people-centered care is evident in the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses [1], ICN policy papers and is translated into various guidelines, programmes and research.


Person- and people-centered healthcare requires not only commitment of individual nurses and other healthcare workers but also changes in healthcare systems including service delivery systems and other structures. It is necessary to take a whole government approach where person- and people-centered healthcare is considered by all ministries including non-health sectors.

Active involvement of care recipients, nurses and other healthcare professionals in healthcare design and decision making is essential to achieve person- and people-centered healthcare.



person-centred care, people-centred healthcare, nursing, care coordination, healthcare design.

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