Check this page to learn more about timely events or happenings that may be relevant to people interested in the delivery of patient- and family-centered care.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is collecting patient and caregiver opinions about desired patient engagement efforts in health care. Participate in this brief survey created with the help of patients and caregivers.
Partnership for Patients (PfP) Patient and Family Engagement Master Class, "Hospital has One or More Patient(s) who Serve on a Geoverning and/or Leadership Board as a Patient Representative" will be held on November 25th from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET Read more
Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), the not-for-profit research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), is conducting a national survey of 2,000 hospitals regarding patient and family engagement funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. There are a number of questions on the survey related to PFACs and patient and family advisors. Selected hospitals need to return the survey by November 4th. Please check with the key leaders of your hospital to find if the CEO received the survey and if it has been returned to HRET. If you have any questions about the survey please contact:
Health Research & Educational Trust
155 N. Wacker Drive, suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is funding a series of awards to Early Career Investigators who are participating in innovative, translational research and who have "demonstrated a high level of interest in the field and the potential for making a significant contribution toward advancing patient and family engagement." Letters of Intent are due October 31, 2013. Learn more.
The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Partnerships for Quality and Safety
Thank you to all who submitted abstracts for The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care. IPFCC is proud to report that we received a record number of abstracts! The abstract review process has begun and you can expect to receive notification about acceptance status in early December. We look forward to offering an exceptional conference program. For questions, contact us at email@example.com.
Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize Recognizes Hospital Leadership and Innovation in Quality Improvement and Safety
The winners of the American Hospital Association-McKesson 2013 Quest for Quality Prizes were announced on July 22, 2013, recognizing four U.S. hospitals for their leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The 2013 winner is Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Franklin Woods Community Hospital-Johnson City, Tennessee is the 2013 finalist. Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, North Carolina and St. Mary's Hospital-Centralia, Illinois each received a Citation of Merit. Learn more about each of these hospitals and what makes them leaders and innovators in quality improvement and safety...
AHRQ Releases Guide to Help Hospitals Increase Patient and Family Engagement to Improve Quality and Safety of Care
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) new online resource gives hospitals four evidence-based strategies to engage patients and families in their care. The field-tested strategies outlined in this new Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Safety and Quality can help hospitals make care better and safer by bridging the communication gaps among patients and families and their health care providers.
"Many of the errors we see in health care stem from communication problems," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "That's why we developed this resource, to give hospitals practical, evidence-based information to improve communication on the front lines of health care-and ultimately keep patients safer."
The guide provides four evidence-based strategies—including tools and resources—that hospitals can use to implement patient- and family-centered care practices. The strategies describe how patients and families, working with hospital staff, can:
- Be advisors;
- Promote better communication at the bedside to improve quality;
- Participate in bedside shift reports; and
- Prepare to leave the hospital.
AHRQ will work with the HHS Partnership for Patients, which has made focusing on patient and family engagement a priority for its 26 hospital engagement networks and other stakeholders, to share the guide with hospitals across the country.
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems Changes its Name
Although the name has changed, the Essential Hospitals Engagement Network's mission is the same: to help our members improve quality and patient safety and support them as they work to achieve the Partnership for Patients' goals of reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Read more...
Harvey Picker Center of Innovation and Applied Research In Long Term Care announces the 2013/2014 Applied Research Program —
Letters of Intent due July 15, 2013
Harvey Picker Center of Innovation Applied Research Program provides annual grants to support research of innovative projects which are designed to facilitate successful initiatives that will advance the development of person-centered cultures and implementation of person-centered care across the spectrum of long-term care settings and services.
This program is now seeking proposals that aim to advance the development of exceptional Person-Centered Long-Term Care Leadership and the deployment of Innovative Person-Centered Long-Term Care Practices. Across these two major topic areas, some sub-topics of interest are listed on the website. Proposals addressing other issues of critical importance, beyond these sub-topics, are welcome. The expected outcome of a grantee's project will be a demonstration, including a robust dissemination plan, of the measurable effects, affordability and sustainability of the effort to advance person-centered cultures and/or the implementation of person-centered care. The project must be consistent with one or more of the Planetree or Picker Principles of Patient-Centered Care.
Letters of Intent due July 15, 2013 Read more...
AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® 2014—Call for Nominations
The goals of The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® are to raise awareness of the need for a hospital-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, patient-centered care; reward successful efforts to develop and promote a systems-based approach toward improvements in quality of care; inspire hospitals to systematically integrate and align their quality improvement efforts throughout the organization; and communicate successful programs and strategies to the hospital field.
One winning hospital will receive $75,000; up to two finalists will receive $12,500 each. Other site-visited organizations (up to four) may be named Citation of Merit honorees. All U.S. hospitals are eligible for the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize®.
Nominations can be submitted through October 13, 2013.
New Resource Showcases Provider and Patient/Family Partnerships
The American Academy of Pediatrics's National Center for Medical Home Implementation releases a monograph, Positioning the Family and Patient at the Center: A Guide to Family and Patient Partnership in the Medical Home. This report features family-centered medical home strategies from 17 pediatric primary care practices from across the country. The monograph—which includes case studies, as well as a literature review and a discussion of policy implications—may serve as a resource to pediatricians who are considering implementing the patient- and family-centered medical home model in their practices.
"We were prepared to see the case studies featured in this monograph document practice improvements such as greater use of health information technology, enhanced access to medical professional staff outside regular office hours, and some form of feedback capturing patient/family experience with care," said Nora Wells, co-director of the National Center for Parent-Professional Partnerships in Family Voices. "What we did not expect to see, however, is the amazing breadth and depth of the collaborative efforts these practices have in place."
Lyfechannel's winning "my family" app is now available for free download.
The app, which focuses on the preventive care benefits and services covered by the Affordable Care Act, will empower individuals to take greater action to improve and maintain their family's health.
New Appointments to the Saskatchewan Board of Health Quality Council
The Saskatchewan Health Quality Council approved the appointment of two internationally recognized health care leaders to the Board of the Health Quality Council. Effective March 27, 2013, Elizabeth Crocker, Vice President of the board for the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, and are members of HQC's Board of Directors.
HQC's Chair, Dr. Susan Shaw, said Saskatchewan will benefit from the wisdom and experience of the new board members. "Mike Rona and Elizabeth Crocker are very well-known and respected in the global health care community," said Shaw. "Their expertise in Lean and patient and family centred care, respectively, will strengthen our ability to be a key support and leader in our system's transformation efforts."
IPFCC's very own Julie Moretz will be leaving her position with us to become the associate vice-chancellor of patient- and family-centered care at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences beginning in May. Her unique perspective will help University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences advance the concept and implementation of patient- and family-centered care to help realize their goal of becoming a leader in the field. We are sad to see Julie go but wish her the best of luck in her new position! Read More...
The Purpose Prize®, now in its seventh year, is the nation's only large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The Prize awards $100,000 each to five people in encore careers creating new ways to solve tough social problems.
See what's possible in the second half of life by learning more about how previous Purpose Prize winners, all in their encore careers, solve critical problems in education, health care, the environment and more >
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Purpose Prize, which will award up to $100,000 to social innovators 60 and older. You may nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself — anyone whose creative endeavors in the second half of life are making a big difference to society. You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about The Prize here. The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2013.
After 27 years as a world leader in advocating for patient-centered care, Picker Institute will cease operations in early 2013. The Picker Institute website will be hosted by the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care. Learn more...
Sorry Works! Launches campaign to educate patients and families. Learn more...
This Pinwheel lapel pin is a perfect way to recognize patient and family advisors and other patient- and family-centered care champions. The .75" cloisonné lapel pin is two-tone blue, encased in polished silver, with an 8mm post and butterfly clutch. $10
Institute's Emblem of Commitment
Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care Pinwheel Sponsors have the opportunity to designate their affiliation with the Institute by posting the Institute's Emblem of Commitment on their own website. This emblem lets others know that the Sponsor's organization is committed to partnering with patients and families to improve safety and quality. Learn more about the Institute's Pinwheel Sponsors Program...