Family Professional Partnership
What is Family Professional Partnership?
A partnership is a relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility for the achievement of a specified goal. Partnerships have been used as successful models in many disciplines. In health care, evidence has shown that strong doctor-patient relationships improve patient and family health outcomes. Key to such partnerships are the following principles:
- Families and professionals work together in the best interest of the child and the family. As the child grows, s/he assumes a partnership role.
- Everyone respects the skills and expertise brought to the relationship.
- Trust is acknowledged as fundamental.
- Communication and information sharing are open and objective.
- Participants make decisions together.
- There is a willingness to negotiate.
Why is Family/Professional Partnership Important in Health Care?
Effective partnerships between families and professionals are the foundation of family-centered care. Effective family professional partnerships mean that families and professionals work together in the best interest of the child and the family. As the child grows, s/he assumes a partnership role. Professionals and families respect the skills and expertise that they each bring to the relationship and build a trusting relationship. Communication and information is shared openly and objectively. Families and professionals make decisions together and negotiate effectively when needed. Studies show that when families and professionals make decisions together, health care improves.
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