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Critical Care Nurses' Understanding of the Concept of Patient-Centered Care in Iran: A Qualitative Study

Esmaeili, Maryam MSN, BSN; Cheraghi, Mohammad Ali PhD, MSN, BSN; Salsali, Mahvash PhD, MSN, BSN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000002

This study explores the perception of nurses working in critical care units about the patient-centered care, which is a crucial factor in attaining quality in nursing care. A qualitative exploratory study with conventional content analysis was used. Three main themes were extracted from the data: from accepting to understanding the patient; improved care as the result of skill and expertise; and adherence to patients' rights charter.

Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center (Dr Cheraghi), School of Nursing and Midwifery (Ms Esmaeili and Dr Salsali), Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Correspondence: Mohammad Ali Cheraghi, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Nosrat St, Tohid Sq, Tehran 1419733171, Iran (

This study was one part of a PhD dissertation of the first author, financially supported by Tehran University of Medical Sciences. The authors thank the nurses for their sincere cooperation during the different stages of this study.

No conflict of interest has been declared by the authors.

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