|Call for Abstracts for The 5th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care
The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for The 5th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care: Partnerships for Quality and Safety. The Conference will be held June 4-6, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The submission deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2011.
The International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care showcases innovative programs dedicated to collaboration among health professionals, patients, and families. The conference provides opportunities to address emerging issues in patient- and family-centered care at both the direct care level as well as the system level. It will include presentations from hospitals, primary care, specialty ambulatory settings, community based programs, long-term care, public health and mental health agencies, patient- and family-led organizations, schools of medicine, nursing, and other health and helping professions as well as the VA health system and military treatment facilities. The conference will feature a variety of formal and informal meetings, including plenary sessions, concurrent/topical breakout sessions, networking discussions, video sessions, and poster presentations.
Representatives from a wide variety of disciplines, such as adult health care, geriatrics, pediatrics, newborn intensive care, medical homes, accountable care organizations, primary care, integrative health care, chronic illness care, emergency care, critical care, long-term care, behavioral and mental health, and public health are encouraged to submit abstracts. Abstracts that include patient and family advisors/leaders as presenters will receive priority consideration.
Plan to be part of this important International Conference in Washington, DC. Share your work to help bring about transformation in the health care system in the U.S. and other countries around the world. Submit your abstract today! Deadline: July 1, 2011.
Call for Abstracts
|Partnership for Patients Campaign Supports Collaborative Model of Care to Improve Care and Lower Costs
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with major hospitals, employers, health plans, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates, recently announced the Partnership for Patients, a campaign to help save 60,000 lives by stopping millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years. HHS Secretary Sebelius stated, “Working closely with hospitals, doctors, nurses, patients, families and employers, we will support efforts to help keep patients safe, improve care, and reduce costs. Working together, we can help eliminate preventable harm to patients.”
As part of this initiative, HHS will use funding to test different models of improving patient care and patient engagement and collaboration in order to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and improve care transitions nationwide. These collaborative models will help hospitals adopt effective interventions for improving patient safety in their facilities.
Two goals of the Partnership for Patients Campaign are:
- Keep hospital patients from getting injured or sicker from preventable hospital acquired conditions.
- Help patients heal by reducing preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another, thus eliminating the need for re-hospitalization within 30 days of discharge.
The Partnership for Patients Campaign encourages those with a stake in the health care system—including hospitals, clinicians and other health care providers, patients, and community and patient organizations—to undertake a variety of actions, including fostering patient engagement. Those who join the Campaign are asked to pledge their support. Here are some excerpts from the pledges:
- Hospitals pledge to "engage patients and families in order to make care safer, improve communication, and increase coordination by implementing proven systems and processes..."
- Clinicians and other health care providers pledge to "engage with patients and families to implement practices that foster more patient-centered care that improves safety, communication, and care coordination."
- Consumer, community, and patient organizations commit to "working with hospitals, clinicians and other providers...to expand the reach of this Initiative" and "actively engage patients, family caregivers, and consumers in helping to achieve success." They also pledge to "develop and provide information, tools, resources, and technical assistance to help patients, families, and consumers effectively engage with their providers..." and "encourage providers to work in partnership with patients, families, and consumers to implement practices that foster more patient-centered care that improves safety, communication, and care coordination."
This new campaign presents a strategic opportunity for health care providers and patients and families to partner together to address safety and transition issues.
Learn more about making care safer and about Community-Based Care Transitions Program funding opportunities.
|St. Louis Seminar Great Success!
Special thanks to leadership sponsor Missouri Foundation for Health, and to program sponsors Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for providing support for the May seminar, which was a great success!
The St. Louis Hospitals and Communities Moving Forward with Patient- and Family-Centered Care intensive training seminar registered 444 participants, including 192 nurses, 35 physicians, 51 patient/family leaders, and numerous other professionals. The seminar attracted participants from 129 organizations, 30 states, 4 countries, and 4 Canadian provinces.
A Leadership Track for senior health care executives provided an opportunity to address the role of administrators in integrating patient- and family-centered change in organizational culture. The group of 40 met on Sunday prior to the seminar and continued discussions during a breakfast and lunch session to review strategies for developing partnerships with patients and families based on their experiences.
Here is a sampling of comments from seminar participant evaluations:
- "Very valuable—seeing so many other hospitals making it work was really inspiring."
- "It challenged me to look at our model and evaluate against the patient- and family- centered care model to see where we really stand."
- "Encouraging, enlightening, educational..."
- "Valuable, especially to leadership and administrators..."
- "I was delighted...I benefited from the discipline diversity...particularly enjoyed... that so many MD's attended."
- "The tools, resources, and knowledge shared were beyond expectations."
Learn more about the fall Intensive Training Seminar to be held in Madison, Wisconsin—Nov 7-10, 2011.
|Importance of Team Work and Leadership: The Music Paradigm
In an innovative presentation on team work and leadership, Conductor Roger Nierenberg uses the National Symphony Orchestra from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to illustrate the complexities and nuances of dynamic organizations. The presentation addresses the critical issues of accountability and responsibility, and how these challenges impact health care.
Check out this video to see what others learned from this presentation. Every member of the team—which in health care, includes patients and families—is critical to the result. For a large complex organization to accomplish something great there is no room for a culture of soloists, it must be a team effort. In addition, leadership that is functional—as opposed to dysfunctional—is imperative to the success of the organization. Leaders must inspire, have vision, provide direction, respect and affirm the team members, and not micro-manage.
Conductor Nierenberg provides a safe and enjoyable environment in which he gets the most from his “resistant” players. Just as the orchestra cannot be satisfied with or settle for 90% accuracy, neither can health care providers or patients and families.
The Music Paradigm will be back by popular demand at the
13th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, May 25-27 in Washington, DC.
|University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Provides Leadership Support for Fall Intensive Training Seminar
The Institute proudly announces that the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is providing leadership support for the fall 2011 Hospitals and Communities Moving Forward with Patient- and Family-Centered Care ~ Partnerships for Quality and Safety Intensive Training Seminar. The Seminar will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on November 7-10, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin.
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics—one of the academic health care entities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison—includes a 493-bed facility, with more than 1,200 physicians and 85 outpatient clinics. It ranks among the finest academic medical centers in the United States. UW Hospital and Clinics is recognized as a national leader in fields such as cancer treatment, pediatrics, ophthalmology, surgical specialties and organ transplantation. It offers six intensive care units (trauma and life support, pediatric, cardiac, cardiothoracic, burn, neurosurgery), and is one of only two organizations in Wisconsin with designated Level One adult and pediatric trauma centers. The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, located within UW Hospital and Clinics, is the only comprehensive cancer center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, in Wisconsin.
More information about, and registration for, the fall intensive training seminar will soon be available on the Institute’s website. Learn more about the Institute’s seminars.
Consumer Platform for Health IT ~ Advancing Patient and Family Engagement Through Technology
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH)—led by the National Partnership for Women & Families—is a non-partisan group of consumer, labor, and patient organizations representing more than 127 million people. CPeH recently released the Consumer Platform for Health IT ~ Advancing Patient and Family Engagement Through Technology, offering a detailed vision for a patient-centered health care system in which vastly improved access to timely, electronic information equips consumers to actively participate in health care as both partners and leaders.