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The nurse-patient relationship: why rapport is crucial to care

In a pressured NHS, it can be difficult to find time to engage fully with patients, but the therapeutic relationship is a vital part of shared decision-making

In a pressured NHS, it can be difficult to find time to engage fully with patients, but the therapeutic relationship is a vital part of shared decision-making

  • Research suggests developing a positive relationship with a patient enables a better understanding of clinical need, greater patient satisfaction, better healthcare outcomes and cost savings
  • Nurses are best placed among clinical groups to develop a strong relationship with the patients in their care
  • Developing this relationship with a patient can improve advocacy and help put their needs at the heart of the decision-making process in their care

Even in a post-pandemic NHS littered with challenges, most would agree that the nurse-patient relationship is crucial to good

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