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The 7th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care

The 7th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care: Partnerships in Care, Interprofessional Education, and Research, to be held July 25-27, 2016, in New York City, showcases exemplary programs that promote partnerships with patients and families that are essential to redesigning health care, bringing about transformation in organizational culture, and improving the quality, safety, and experience of care.

Educational sessions feature partnerships, innovation, best practice, and research and address emerging issues in patient- and family-centered care. This can't-miss event offers continuing education credits, a great lineup of plenary speakers, more than 100 sessions, 80 posters, unparalleled networking opportunities, and a first-rate exhibit.

"Great opportunity to hear from organizations at different parts of their patient- and family-centered care journey. The presenters' reflections on lessons learned and pitfalls were extremely helpful."

- Kate Wilkinson, Director, Quality & Patient Safety, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare

Key themes are:

  • Leadership Matters—Exemplary national, provincial and state, and organizational leadership practices for advancing patient- and family-centered care resulting in widespread adoption and measurable change.
  • Patient and Family Advisors—Essential Allies—Strategies, practices, and tools proven to be effective in expanding roles for patient and family advisors.
  • Better Together: Changing the Concept of Families as "Visitors"—Initiatives taking a comprehensive and collaborative approach to change from restrictive policies and practices to welcoming family presence and participation.
  • Education for Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice—Educational approaches, activities, and curriculum developed and conducted in partnership with patients and families.
  • Creating Capacity for Partnerships in Research—Approaches or projects that reflect patient- and family-centered care, have been planned and conducted in collaboration with patients and families, and expand the knowledge base for patient-centered outcomes research.
  • Addressing Health Disparities—Initiatives working in partnership with underserved communities to plan, implement, and evaluate programs that effectively reduce disparities in health care.

"This conference is always excellent and inspiring, and lets us know if we are on the right track in our patient- and family-centered care initiatives. The conference re-energizes and gives me the fuel to continue implementing new ideas, which will benefit our relationships with patients and families."

- Michelle Gray, Director of Care Transformation, Emory Healthcare

Who Should Attend

  • Patient and Family Advisors and Leaders
  • Health Care Practitioners, Clinicians, and Staff
  • Trustees of Health Care Organizations
  • Health Care Administrators and Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory, Occupational, and Physical Therapists and Developmental Specialists
  • Child Life Specialists, Social Workers, Chaplains, and Other Supporting Staff
  • Health Care Educators and Information Specialists
  • Integrative Health Care Practitioners
  • Psychologists/Psychiatrists
  • Quality Management, Patient Safety, Risk Management Personnel
  • Care Coordinators/Discharge Planners

Conference Syllabus

"I've learned so much at this conference! I will continue to share information with our senior leaders to incorporate key concepts of patient- and family-centered care at our organization."

- Donna Provenzano, Director of Patient & Family Centered Care, Children's Specialized Hospital

Continuing Education Units

CEUs will be available for Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, and Child Life Specialists.

Past Conferences

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