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Nursing alliance issues guiding principles for patient engagement

July 12, 2012

The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care today issued a list of guiding principles to help nurses and other health care providers engage patients in their care. The nine Guiding Principles for Patient Engagement call for a dynamic partnership among patients, their families and caregivers that includes mutual responsibilities and accountabilities and shared decision-making. "We hope that nursing organizations, nursing programs, medical schools and others will use these principles to inform their members and students and integrate patient engagement into their programs and practices," said Pamela Thompson, CEO of the AHA's American Organization of Nurse Executives subsidiary and chair of the subcommittee that drafted the principles. NAQC plans to discuss how to implement the principles with leading nursing organizations, patient advocates and other provider groups and to host a conference on the topic in November.