SCCM Collaborative to Focus on Improving Patient- and Family-Centered Care

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is launching a new collaborative aimed at helping hospitals implement patient and family engagement programs.

The Society is seeking intensive care unit (ICU) teams interested in participating in the PCOR-ICU Collaborative: Improving Care for Critically Ill Patients and Families Through Research Dissemination and Implementation. This program is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (2626-SCCM).

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Led by SCCM Executive Committee members Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FAAN, FCCM, and Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM, the PCOR-ICU Collaborative will bring together ICU teams to implement patient- and family-centered initiatives.

The Society is seeking 50 ICU teams based in the United States to participate. Adult and pediatric ICUs will be considered.

Potential initiatives will include:

  • Implementing open visitation (non-restricted ICU hours)
  • Integrating families in rounds (family-centered rounds)
  • Integrating structured family care conferences to establish goals of care
  • Disseminating information and providing support to families on how they can assist with the care of their loved one
  • Family presence during invasive procedures in the ICU
  • Family presence during resuscitation
  • Forming a family/patient advisory group
  • Implementing music therapy in the ICU setting
  • Implementing pet therapy in the ICU setting
  • Facilitating the use of patient/family ICU diaries
  • Investigation and planning for implementation of a post-ICU clinic
  • Project of team’s choice related to patient- and family-centered outcomes

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by 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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