Including patient preferences in nurses' assessment of older patients
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2007
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 6, Issue 6, pages 495–504, November 1997
How to Cite
RULAND, C. M., KRESEVIC, D. and LORENSEN, M. (1997), Including patient preferences in nurses' assessment of older patients. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 6: 495–504. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.1997.tb00346.x
- Issue published online: 18 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2007
- Accepted for publication 30 August 1997
- assessment of older patients;
- patient preferences;
- shared decision making
- •The refinement of a patient assessment tool for older patients, Lorensen's Self-Care Capability Scale, is described where a systematic elicitation of patient preferences is included in the assessment.
- •This study tests a decision analytic approach as a strategy for formalizing subjective judgement, which makes it possible to include patients' own values and preferences in planning patient care.
- •Applying this technique to patient assessment contributes to explicitly tailoring nursing care decisions to desired outcomes as preferred by individual patients.
- •A shared approach to decision making between nurse and patient ensures a mutual understanding about goals, priorities and patient values through discussion and negotiation.
- •This pilot study supported the merit of including patient preferences systematically in the assessment of older patients.
- •The method provides an important decision aid for nurses in planning nursing care in accordance with patients' own values and preferences for care.