Symptom Management In Clinical Practice


A theory is a system of ideas or beliefs that put forward an understanding or a hypothesis, premise or an assumption that describes/explains a theory. For example patient-centered (or person-centered) care (PCC) – consider the underpinning beliefs about PCC, why do we use PCC in patient care and for what purpose/outcome? What is the theoretical or underpinning belief about PCC? Whereby a framework or model, provides the structure (the set-up) to operationalise the theoretical beliefs or, to test the theoretical hypothesis. As in our last example (PCC) the framework or model can enable or action PCC in clinical practice. Consider if you were looking to assess patient centeredness in your patient’s care what would it look like? What the model or working structure of PCC look like?

Following your own experience and readings around models of care, you may now critique a model that relates to your clinical practice. In this activity:

• Describe the merits of the model used in your organisation and it relates to your practice

• What is your role within thismodel?

• Consider the interventions that you would implement and how these would complement and enhance the overall care of the person

• What are the advantages and limitations of thismodel?

• Describe the barriers to implementation of thismodel

• Respond to your colleagues’ comments