Role of effective nurse-patient relationships in enhancing patient safety

Tiffany Conroy, Rebecca Feo, Rose Boucaut, Jan Alderman, Alison Kitson

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Ensuring and maintaining patient safety is an essential aspect of care provision. Safety is a multidimensional concept, which incorporates interrelated elements such as physical and psychosocial safety. An effective nurse-patient relationship should ensure that these elements are considered when planning and providing care. This article discusses the importance of an effective nurse-patient relationship, as well as healthcare environments and working practices that promote safety, thus ensuring optimal patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • fundamental care
  • Fundamentals of Care Framework
  • health and safety
  • nurse-patient relationships
  • patient safety
  • physical safety
  • psychological safety
  • therapeutic relationships


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