Title: Caring Conversation Framework to promote person centred care: synthesising qualitative findings from a multi- phase programme of research

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Belinda Dewar


Background Little is known about how to support practitioners to enhance their interpersonal conversations to be more compassionate, person centred and relational with others. The Caring Conversations (CC) framework was empirically derived to address this issue and comprises seven attributes (be courageous, connect emotionally, be curious, consider other perspectives, collaborate, compromise and celebrate).ObjectiveThis paper synthesises the qualitative findings from a multi-phase programme of research, which implemented the CC framework across a variety of health and social care settings (acute hospitals, community, and residential care). It explores the perceived impact of the CC framework on staff and their practice.MethodsSecondary analysis was conducted on the qualitative findings in the final reports of 5 studies, involved in the implementation of the CC framework.ResultsThe analysis showed consistent positive outcomes for staff in their interactions with patients, families and others; including greater self-awareness during interactions, development of stronger relationships, and more open dialogue that supports relational practice.  The secondary analysis confirmed the applicability of the framework across a number of different settings, strengthened confidence in its value, generated fresh insights to inform further research, and developed a deeper insight into the attributes of the framework and its application.ConclusionsPolicy and research advocate compassionate care and relational practice, but do not state how this can be delivered in practice.  By synthesising the findings from 5 studies undertaken in a variety of different settings, we can be more confident in the value of the CC framework to ensure best practice.

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