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Think Global, Act Local: Best Practice Around the WorldThe APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition will bring together more than 13,000 providers, administrators, researchers, educators and health specialists from around the world. In an ongoing effort to address public health issues on a global scale, the theme of the 141st meeting is "Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World." This year, shared decision making will make it's debut in two scientific sessions. First, in a poster session on innovative educational strategies, Nancy Rothman from Temple University will present the "Better Decisions Together" project. The initiative aims to empower patients to engage in meaningful conversations with their health care providers to make medical decisions together. The target audience of this project are uninsured and Medicaid-qualified patients in six federally qualified health centers. In an oral session on medical decision making and risk communication, speakers will discuss the impact of the Internet on decision making with a specific focus on disease screenings and immunizations. Presenters will identify strategies for effective communication of risk and make a case for patient and provider engagement in a shared decision making process. Learn more about the 141st APHA Annual Meeting.
In addition to being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month. Hosted by Planetree, the theme for 2013 is “Compassion in Action,” which ties to the core of Planetree’s philosophy that compassion is essential for care to truly be patient-centered. For organizations wanting to participate in the month, Planetree provides many ideas to promote patient-centered care practices and spread the message. One such idea is to display or distribute the Proclamation for Patient-Centered Care, which echoes many of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation’s beliefs, such as “a patient is an individual to be cared for, not a medical condition to be treated” and “our patients are our partners and have knowledge and expertise that is essential to their care.”
Another way for organizations to participate in the month long celebration was to attend Planetree’s annual conference in Montreal in early October. For the very first time, Planetree chose to make one out of the three days of the conference “physician’s day” and our chief medical officer, Richard Wexler, was invited to present. While the attendees, for the most part, are already immersed in a culture that encompasses patient-centered care, “it was a great opportunity to teach them about shared decision making as a component of practicing patient-centered care,” said Richard.
Planetree has also released a new book in honor of the month called The Putting Patients First Field Guide: Global Lessons in Designing and Implementing Patient-Centered Care. This book provides real life examples on how to begin practicing patient-centered care and the many benefits it offers. You can download the first chapter here for free.
We hope progress toward developing compassionate care practices will continue to be commemorated beyond October and through this awareness, other organizations will see the value in creating a more patient-centered care environment.
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25 Silver Keys to Foundation History
In the spring of 1988, RAND and the Hartford Foundation hosted a meeting in Santa Monica, CA. The purpose of the meeting was to find common ground between shared decision making (SDM) and medical guidelines. The meeting itself was a bit of a failure, and no consensus was met. However, in attendance were Jack Wennberg, Al Mulley, Michael Barry and Jack Fowler, all of whom believed in the power of SDM to improve the quality of care. After the meeting came to an end, the four of them went on a walk along the beach to enjoy the California sun. While on the walk, they got to talking and came up with the basic idea for the Foundation. The picture above is a recreation of the walk on the beach that set the stage for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation you know today.
This photo was taken in 2005 and consists of the entire Foundation staff at the time...11 employees. Seven of the 11 in this picture are still part of the organization, but we have grown to 31 employees over the past nine years. When the Foundation first started in 1989, there were a mere two employees working to promote shared decision making as a solution for geographic practice variation. Both the Foundation and shared decision making have come a long way since 1989, as evidenced by our ever growing staff and the milestones we've achieved. We value our employees for their dedication to our mission and the passion they have for shared decision making. All Foundation staff, past and present, have helped make a difference in the lives of patients around the world and we couldn't be more proud of our team.