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 brought together ICU teams to implement patient- and family-centered care initiatives.
The teams are participated in a 10 month collaborative to implement a patient and family engagement initiative focusing on one of the following initiatives:
- 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 (non-restricted ICU hours)
- Facilitating the use of patient and family ICU diaries
- 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
The learning collaborative integrated SCCM e-learning resources (including webinars, podcasts, and a collaborative eCommunity) to facilitate implementation of a PCOR-based initiative at each institution. Data was being collected on family satisfaction and on clinician perceptions of the ICU environment and patient and family focused care, along with project-specific metrics.
The collaborative was enhanced by the involvement of a nine-member patient- and family- advisory group. The project results are being disseminated widely via publications, presentations, sessions at the annual SCCM Congress, and through SCCM’s website and social media presence.
“This project was selected for Engagement Award funding not only for its commitment to engaging patients and other stakeholders, but also for its potential to increase the usefulness and trustworthiness of the information we produce and facilitate its dissemination and uptake,” said Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “We look forward to following the project’s progress and working with the Society of Critical Care Medicine to share the results.”
The Collaborative learning approach mirrors other successful initiatives facilitated by the Society, such as the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and ICU Liberation collaboratives. Both collaboratives pulled together ICU teams from across the United States to implement patient care initiatives by sharing resources, collecting data and learning from the experiences of others.