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Ethnography
Commitment to patient-centred experiences at both the organisation and clinician level optimises empowerment of hospitalised older adults with advanced disease
  1. Michelle Acorn
  1. Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michelle Acorn, University of Toronto, Newtonville, ON L0A 1J0, Canada; drnpmichellegray{at}gmail.com

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Commentary on: Selman LE, Daveson BA, Smith M, et al. How empowering is hospital care for older people with advanced disease? Barriers and facilitators from a cross-national ethnography in England, Ireland and the USA. Age Ageing. 2017;46:300–9.

Implications for practice and research

  • Commitment to patient-centred experiences at both the organisation and clinician level ensuring inclusion of the older adult through two-way communication and information exchanges optimises patient empowerment.

  • Future research should explore academic and community hospitals with innovative models of care delivery and their impact on empowerment.

Context

This research aligns with current evidence and further supports the importance of patient empowerment in hospitalised older adults with advanced disease to enable greater autonomy and healthcare control. The research by Selman et al reports on a component …

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