The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has been awarded a grant in support of its new Project Dispatch-- Disseminating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Healthcare Professionals. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced that SCCM is the recipient of this grant, marking the first time the Society has received federal funding in support of a program.
Project Dispatch, under the leadership of SCCM members Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FCCM, and Timothy Buchman, MD, MCCM, aims to help fulfill the goals of the AHRQ by developing and distributing resources for critical care clinicians focused on patientcentered outcomes research over the grant’s three-year period. The AHRQ supports this type of research to improve the quality, effectiveness, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States.
“We are excited about receiving this funding, as it provides a unique opportunity for SCCM to further expand its focus on improving the quality of healthcare,” said Kleinpell.
Project Dispatch aligns perfectly with SCCM’s goal that every patient and family receive the Right Care, Right Now™, Buchman added. “By making patient care-oriented research results widely accessible in formats that are of immediate use to clinicians, families and patients, SCCM is fulfilling the vision of achieving the highest patient and family goals enabled by evidence-based practice.”
Among the goals of Project Dispatch are the development of a webcast and podcast series, a forum for networking and discussion, and resources to enhance the Society’s patient and family care website, www.MyICUCare.org. “Project Dispatch is just-in-time education at its very best, leveraging SCCM’s robust and sophisticated electronic communications tools and social media platforms that bring its members together no matter where they practice worldwide,” said Buchman.
“The growing emphasis on evidence-based information to support decision making necessitates that healthcare clinicians be informed of the results of patient-centered outcomes research. We know that, especially during episodes of acute illness, clinicians are challenged in finding the time and in locating reliable sources to assist patients and families in clinical decision making,” noted Kleinpell. “The grant will enable SCCM to evaluate the impact of various communication strategies to inform the critical care community of the findings of patientcentered outcomes research and techniques for integrating such research into clinical practice.”
Participate in Project Dispatch
Project Dispatch is seeking clinicians and intensive care unit teams involved in patient-centered initiatives as the Society of Critical Care Medicine
seeks to grow resources in this area of study. Share your successes, educate others about your novel ideas, and gain recognition for your efforts. Interest is broad. Whether you have started a successful program related to family presence during procedures or during rounds, have outcomes-related research, or are exploring new ideas, we want to hear from you!
Visit www.sccm.org/projectdispatch for more information about participation.
Or send an email to:
Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, APR
Manager, Quality Implementation Programs
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Name, Title and Affiliation.
Description of your patient-centered initiative (no more than 50 words)
Contact information (phone and email