Facilitating a dedicated focus on the human dimensions of care in practice settings: Development of a new Humanised Care Assessment Tool (HCAT) to sensitise care.

Galvin, K.T and Sloan, C and Cowdell, Fiona and Ellis-Hill, C and Pound, C and Watson, Roger and Ersser, S.J. and Brooks, J (2018) Facilitating a dedicated focus on the human dimensions of care in practice settings: Development of a new Humanised Care Assessment Tool (HCAT) to sensitise care. Nursing Inquiry. (In Press)

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Abstract

There is limited consensus about what constitutes humanly sensitive care, or how it can be sustained in care settings. A new Humanised Care Assessment Tool may point to caring practices that are up to the task of meeting persons as humans within busy healthcare environments. This paper describes qualitative development of a tool that is conceptually sensitive to human dimensions of care informed by a lifeworld philosophical orientation. Items were generated to reflect eight theoretical dimensions that constitute what makes care feel humanly focused. An action research group process in 2014-2015 with researchers, service users, healthcare professionals in two diverse clinical settings (stroke rehabilitation and dermatology) was used. Feedback on conceptual content, transparency of meaning and readability was then gained from a panel in Sweden and third year student nurses in the UK.
The tool can be applied to attune staff to human dimensions of care, offering items which point to concrete examples of humanising and dehumanising features of practice in ways that have not yet been fully captured in the caring literature. Based on theoretically-led experiential items, with dedicated focus on what makes people feel more, or less than human, it may offer improvement on available assessments of care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humanised care; lifeworld approaches; person centred care; assessment of care; questionnaire development; phenomenologically informed qualitative instrument development.
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Quality of Care
Depositing User: Fiona Cowdell
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 05:58
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2018 05:58
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5615

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