Only patients can identify what really matters after injury. Each patient has different goals and expectations. We need to involve patients in all aspects of our care and research processes.” Jason Tavakolian, MD, MS; Hand & Microvascular Surgery, Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Patient and family-centered care leads to better health outcomes, wiser allocation of resources and greater patient and family satisfaction. The Slocum Foundation, in partnership with the Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, is starting two Patient & Family Advisory Committees (PFAC) to inform our research and care processes from beginning to end. Advisors will be asked to share insights about their care experiences at the clinic, hospital or surgery center. Information about each of our two PFAC committees is provided below.

Distal Radius Fractures (Wrist Fractures)

The Distal Radius Fracture PFAC is funded by the PacificSource Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and will serve as a formal mechanism for involving patients and families in the Slocum Foundation's pursuit of specific research projects. Examples of the Distal Radius PFAC involvement in research includes, but is not limited to:

  • Acting as champions for the ideal patient care experience
  • Informing optimal ways of assessing value in patient care delivery
  • Informing the use of specific outcome measurement tools, or aiding in the development of new tools
  • Reviewing communication to patients and families to ensure it builds on patient and family strengths and engages them in a partnership in healthcare services
  • As needed, recommending to the Research Committee areas for improvement in service quality

The PFAC will meet on the days and times that best fit members' schedules. Each member is expected to attend four to six meetings between April and December 2015. Each meeting will be approximately two hours, and include a meal. There may be some preparation required, such as reading material, before or after each meeting.

An effective Distal Radius Fracture PFAC will achieve the following objectives:

  1. Define key components of "value" in wrist fracture procedures and treatment
  2. Develop a set of tools that will capture patient "value"
  3. Complete a skeleton of a collaborative research plan that will test and/or measure concepts developed in #1 and #2 above

The PFAC is seeking patients or family members of patients with a recent wrist fracture (3-12 months ago). Patients or family members interested in helping the Slocum Foundation through participation in the Distal Radius PFAC should submit an application here.

RENEW Total Joint Replacement Program

The RENEW Total Joint Replacement Program is seeking applications for the total hip and total knee replacement Patient and Family Advisory Committee. The RENEW PFAC will serve as a formal mechanism for involving patients and families in the pursuit of a patient-centered RENEW Program. Examples of the RENEW PFAC involvement includes, but is not limited to:

  • Acting as champions for the ideal patient care experience
  • Identifying improvement opportunities across care settings
  • Development of peer-support and mentorship models or opportunities to connect post-operative total joint patients with pre-operative total joint patients
  • Reviewing communication to patients and families to ensure it builds on patient and family strengths and engages them in a partnership in health services
  • As needed, recommending to the Research Committee areas for improvement in service quality

The PFAC will meet on the days and times that best fit members' schedules. Each member is expected to attend four to six meetings between April and December 2015. Each meeting will be approximately two hours, and include a meal. There may be some preparation required, such as reading material, before or after each meeting.

An effective RENEW PFAC will achieving the following objectives:

  1. Identify at least one quality improvement opportunity relevant to each care setting (clinic, hospital and surgery center
  2. Identify at least one opportunity to improve the patient's experience at each care setting (clinic, hospital and surgery center)
  3. Develop a model or identify key components of a model for peer-educators, coaches or mentors in the RENEW program
  4. Provide feedback on patient education materials; vet revised materials for thoroughness and easy of understanding
  5. Identify next steps toward better understanding patient perspectives and experiences through the continuum of care

The PFAC is seeking patients or family members of patients with a recent partial or total hip or knee replacement (3-12 months ago). Patients or family members interested in helping the Slocum Foundation through participation in the Distal Radius PFAC should submit an application here.

Questions? Please contact the Slocum Research & Education Foundation at 541.868.3232 or by email sref@slocumfoundation.org.

 

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