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Supporting a person-centred approach in clinical guidelines. A position paper of the Allied Health Community – Guidelines International Network (G-I-N)

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posted on 2022-12-14, 20:44 authored by Simone A. van Dulmen, Sue Lukersmith, Josephine Muxlow, Elaine Santa MinaElaine Santa Mina, Maria W. G. Nijhuis-van der Sanden, Philip J. van der Wees

Background A person-centred approach in the context of health services delivery implies a biopsychosocial model focusing on all factors that influence the person’s health and functioning. Those wishing to monitor change should consider this perspective when they develop and use guidelines to stimulate active consideration of the person’s needs, preferences and participation in goal setting, intervention selection and the use of appropriate outcome measures. 

Objective To develop a position paper that promotes a personcentred approach in guideline development and implementation. 

Design, setting and participants We used three narrative discussion formats to collect data for achieving consensus: a nominal group technique for the Allied Health Steering Group, an Internet discussion board and a workshop at the annual G-I-N conference. We analysed the data for relevant themes to draft recommendations. 

Results We built the position paper on the values of the biopsychosocial model. Four key themes for enhancing a person-centred approach in clinical guidelines emerged: (i) use a joint definition of health-related quality of life as an essential component of intervention goals, (ii) incorporate the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a framework for considering all domains related to health, (iii) adopt a shared decision-making method, and (iv) incorporate patient-reported health outcome measures. The position statement includes 14 recommendations for guideline developers, implementers and users.