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Documentation of person-centred health plans for patients with acute coronary syndrome.

Journal article
Authors Inger Jansson
Andreas Fors
Inger Ekman
Kerstin Ulin
Published in European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 114-122
ISSN 1474-5151
Publication year 2018
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 114-122
Language en
Subject categories Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified


Personalised care planning is argued for but there is a need to know more about what the plans actually contain.To describe the content of person-centred health, plans documented at three healthcare levels for patients with acute coronary syndrome.Patients with acute coronary syndrome aged under 75 years and admitted to two coronary care units at a university hospital were enrolled in the study. This retrospective descriptive study documented 89 person-centred health plans at three healthcare levels: hospital, outpatient and primary care. In total, 267 health plans were reviewed and a quantitative content analysis conducted. The health plans included commonly formulated goals, patients' own resources and support needed.The health plan goals were divided into three categories: lifestyle changes, illness management and relational activities. The most frequently reported goal for better health was increased physical activity, followed by social life/leisure activities and return to paid professional work. In order to reach the goals, patients identified three ways: own resources, family and social support and healthcare system, in total three categories. The most frequently reported own capability was self-motivation. Spouses and children were important sources of family and social support. The most frequently reported healthcare support was cardiac rehabilitation.In traditional care and treatment plans devised by health professionals, patient goals often comprise behavioural changes. When patients identify their own goals and resources with the help of professionals, they include maintaining social relations and being able to return to important activities such as work.

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