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Abstract

Patient-centred care (PCC) is not a new concept; however, in recent years it has garnered increasing attention in the research literature and clinical practice. PCC in clinical practice has been found to improve clinical outcomes, resource allocation, and the patient experience. In response to the need for PCC and quality in healthcare, the Ontario, Canada government developed the Excellent Care for All Act (ECFAA) in 2010. The ECFAA imposes six obligations to Ontario hospitals, one of which is developing and publishing a Patient Declaration of Values (PDoV). The purpose of this study was to explore how a leading patient-centred Ontario hospital operationalized their patient value statement in policy and practice. The objectives of this research were to: a) understand what role the patient value statement played in policy and practice within a leading Ontario hospital and b) to examine how a leading Ontario hospital incorporated these values into their overarching organizational structures. This was a qualitative case study, which took place in a leading patient-centred Ontario hospital. The study included 18 interviews with employees and patient/family advisors. The analysis found a five-step process including: 1) setting the stage, 2) inspiring change, 3) organizational capacity, 4) barriers, and 5) reflection and improvement. This study has highlighted the role of a patient value statement within a leading Ontario hospital. The findings provide a five-step process with 12 core strategies for creating change in a healthcare organization; to embed a culture of patient-centred care.

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