Caring Conversation Framework to promote person centred care: synthesising qualitative findings from a multi- phase programme of research

Belinda Dewar, Cathy Sharp, Karen Barrie, Tamsin MacBride, Julienne Meyer

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Little is known about how to support practitioners to enhance their interpersonal conversations to be more compassionate and relational with others. The Caring Conversations Framework (CCF) was empirically derived to address this issue and comprises seven attributes (be courageous, celebrate, connect emotionally, be curious, consider other perspectives, collaborate, and compromise).

This paper synthesises the qualitative findings from a multi-phase programme of research, which implemented the CCF across a variety of health and social care settings (acute hospitals, community, and residential care). It explores the perceived impact of the CCF on staff and their practice.

Secondary analysis was conducted on the qualitative findings in the final reports of 5 studies, involved in the implementation of the CCF.

The analysis showed consistent positive outcomes for staff in their interactions with patients, families and others; including greater self-awareness during interactions, development of stronger relationships, and more open dialogue that supports relational practice. The secondary analysis confirmed the applicability of the framework across a number of different settings, strengthened confidence in its value, generated fresh insights to inform further research, and developed a deeper insight into the attributes of the framework and its application.

Policy and research advocate compassionate care and relational practice, but do not state how this can be delivered in practice. By synthesising the findings from 5 studies undertaken in a variety of different settings, we can be more confident in the value of the CCF to ensure best practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe International Journal of Person Centered Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2017


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