Application Deadline for PCOR-ICU Collaborative is June 15

The deadline to submit an application for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research – Intensive Care Unit (PCOR-ICU) Collaborative: Improving Care for Critically Ill Patients and Families Through Research Dissemination and Implementation is June 15, 2016.

The PCOR-ICU Collaborative will bring together ICU teams to implement patient- and family-centered initiatives, and is led by SCCM Executive Committee Members Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FAAN, FCCM, and Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM. SCCM is seeking 50 ICU teams based in the United States to participate in the new collaborative. Adult and pediatric ICUs will be considered.

Potential projects include:

  • Integrating patient and family participation in rounds (patient- and family-centered rounds)
  • Integrating structured patient and family care conferences to mutually establish the goals of care
  • Disseminating information and providing support to families about ways to assist with the care of their loved one
  • Implementing open visitation (nonrestricted ICU hours)
  • Enabling family presence during invasive procedures in the ICU
  • Enabling family presence during resuscitation in the ICU
  • Facilitating the use of patient and family ICU diaries
  • Investigating and planning for implementation of a post-ICU clinic
  • Implementing integrative therapies, such as music or pets, in the ICU setting
  • Forming or enhancing an effective patient and family advisory group
  • Other project of the team’s choice relevant to patient- and family-centered care

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This program is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington Engagement Award (2626-SCCM). PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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