Person-centred care assessment tool (P-Cat)

Person-centred care is a way of thinking and doing things that places people and their families at the centre of decisions and seeing them as experts, working alongside professionals to get the best outcome. Person-centred care considers sees the people as individuals, rather than focusing on routines and practices for care tasks.

The P-CAT is a 13-item questionnaire aims to measure the extent to which care is experienced as being person-centred.

This resource is free to download and for staff in residential aged care.

Authors: Prof Rhonda Nay, Dr Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh

Partners: La Trobe University


The questionnaire was developed from a qualitative study into the content and meaning of person-centered care as experienced by a sample of Australian aged care staff, people with dementia, and family members.

Discover more about the research project