Patient-provider partnership in a memory disorder center

Debra Hain, Dorothy J. Dunn, Ruth M. Tappen

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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe the patient-provider relationship that is embraced in a memory disorder center utlizing a nurse practitioner-based model of care delivery. Data sources: A case study approach was used to promote understanding of how this model could be used in practice. Conclusions: Establishing a partnership relationship with patients, families and other healthcare providers gave patients a greater voice in their care. Patients disclosed information to the practitioner that would otherwise have not been shared and practitioners' care management was more effective because it was based upon input from the patient and family as well as the practitioner's expertise. The interdisciplinary staff have learned to value one another's expertise and to call upon each other as the need arises. Implications for practice: Fostering patient-provider partnering increases the effectiveness of care as well as patient and family satisfaction with the care received.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-356
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Interdisciplinary care
  • Memory disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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