Health systems throughout the world are now more focused on creating a more patient-centred approach to healthcare, ensuring the voice of the patient is heard through every level of the system. This focus on the patient is driven by a desire to improve quality of care as the two are inevitably linked.
However, some countries are struggling to change systems which take a traditional approach based on a patient’s clinical presentation of signs and symptoms, followed with a management plan and medical treatment.
This report highlights many ways in which we can give patients more say in the decisions about their treatment and care. It draws on keynote presentations and seminars from ISQua 2017 – a world-leading conference on quality improvement.