April 25, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seattle Childrens Hospital, Wright Auditorium
A multidisciplinary forum where clinical caregivers discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients
Facilitated by Sarah Shannon, Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Supporting Providers. Improving Quality of Care.
The stresses of today’s healthcare system threaten the delivery of compassionate care. Financial pressures and administrative demands mean less face-to-face time with the patient and a focus on diagnosis and treatment rather than the impact of illness on the patient and family. Many caregivers today are anxious, frustrated and under pressure – with no structured outlet for expressing their feelings and little preparation for the difficult communication issues that are an inevitable part of patient care.
The Schwartz Center Rounds program, now taking place in more than 300 healthcare facilities in 38 states, offers healthcare providers a regularly scheduled time during their fast-paced work lives to openly and honestly discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients. In contrast to traditional medical rounds, the focus is on the human dimension of medicine. Caregivers have an opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on thought-provoking topics drawn from actual patient cases. The premise is that caregivers are better able to make personal connections with patients and colleagues when they have greater insight into their own responses and feelings.
A hallmark of the program is interdisciplinary dialogue. Panelists from diverse disciplines participate in the sessions, including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals and chaplains. After listening to a panel’s brief presentation on an identified case or topic, caregivers in the audience are invited to share their own perspectives on the case and broader related issues.
For a glimpse of a Schwartz Center Rounds session, please view the Schwartz Center's video, The Schwartz Center Rounds: Voices of Caregivers. "