By Ahmet Abdulaziz….
Prof. Dr. Ümran Dal Yılmaz of Near East University (NEU) recently attended the 9th National Urological Nursing Congress. The Congress was held in Antalya. Dr. Ümran presented her thesis titled “The Effect of Patient Participation on Care”.
According to the information provided by the NE University, during the conference Dean of Faculty of Nursing Prof. Dr. Ümran Dal Yılmaz stated that taking a patient participation approach, improves the health care and treatment process by activating the individual’s role in health care, help to achieve better health outcomes and reduce health care costs; in addition to attaining more effective health policies.
At the conference, Prof. Dr. Yılmaz said that according to the Declaration of Alma-Ata of World Health Organisation in 1978, is related to people’s right to participate individually and collectively in the planning and implementation of health services. He said that thus, patients’ participation in health care has improved significantly. Therefore, focusing on a patient-centred service concept with changes in the health sector results in the need for patients to take a more active role in health care. Prof. Dr. Yılmaz added that patients who are truly involved made positive choices for their own health and the system allows a progression towards a culture of prevention rather than a treatment system.
In addition to the above, Prof. Dr. Yılmaz expressed that the way to create improvement in people with illness or health problems is through trust, hope, faith, respect for human dignity, fair approach in care and professional nursing care approach blended with scientific knowledge. He said:
“Knowing, being together, taking action for the patient and facilitating the patient`s life are important in terms of healing. The remedial care process is based on a continuous relationship, with patients and nurses. Nurses use various healing methods and techniques while the remain by the patient`s side during their recovery journeys, or in fact by teaching the patient`s own families to actively participate in the healing process and thus, they make a difference in the treatment-healing process of patients.”