Advancing the Practice of Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Hospitals

Advancing the Practice of Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Hospitals Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange is expanding efforts to scale up and spread innovations by sponsoring three Learning Communities that aim to improve the delivery of care. Participants in each Learning Community will work together over the next year in an interactive group setting, leveraging Innovations Exchange content to address a defined health care challenge by adopting elements of specific innovations or innovation “clusters.” The next few monthly issues of the Innovations Exchange will focus on each of these Learning Communities and their members’ experiences adopting and implementing selected innovations.

The Innovations Exchange has identified the delivery of patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) in hospitals as a high-priority topic area.

As defined by the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC), “patient- and family-centered care is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families. It redefines the relationships in health care by placing an emphasis on collaborating with people of all ages, at all levels of care, and in all health care settings. This collaboration assures that health care is responsive to an individual’s priorities, preferences, and values. In patient- and family-centered care, patients and families define their ‘family’ and determine how they will participate in care and decision-making.”

The PFCC Learning Community membership includes 11 hospitals in Florida. Its aim is to assist participating hospitals in implementing strategies from the featured innovations listed below to advance the practice of patient- and family-centered care within their own organizational culture and context.

Please visit the PFCC Learning Community page for more information about the Learning Community’s membership and aims.

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