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Guidance on Providing Patient-Centered Care

This article explores the clinical applications of Audiology Practice Standards Organization (APSO) Standards 2 and 13, both of which keep us fully focused on the patient-as-person. The topics within Standard 2 include audiologists’ interpersonal communication skills, specifically clarity (ensuring patient comprehension) and empathy (understanding the patient’s experiences). Standard 2 also addresses the topic of health literacy, which has been recently expanded to consider not only the degree to which individuals are able to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions but also how organizations equitably support those necessary skills. The characteristics and benefits of services provided in patient- and family-centered care contexts are also described. Standard 13 addresses audiologists’ support toward overall successful adjustment as defined by the patient, including both technical and personal adjustment to amplification, nontechnical communication issues, and rehabilitation support using readily available technologies. A new assessment protocol that includes goal setting and intervention is described, as well as a patient-centered intervention strategy involving discussion of personally meaningful photographs. Both standards provide a necessary balance to our technology-reliant profession.