PFCC Simulation-Based Curriculum: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Integrating Patient-and Family-Centered Care into a Simulation-Based Institutional Curriculum
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Marc L. Bertrand, MD

Overview: The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Challenge Grant utilized their Patient Safety Training Center to deliver two simulation-based educational modules focused on improving the quality of physician-patient communication. The specific topics addressed by these modules are Sharing Bad News and Informed Patient Choice. Patient Family Advisors will be intimately involved in the development process, delivery and evaluation of each module. The curriculum will be based on the key principles of PFCC and “always events”- observable behaviors that ensure all patient care experiences are firmly grounded in dignity, respect, and information sharing. The educational program for each of the two modules will include: focused advanced reading related to the topic, a small group session moderated by a faculty member and a patient family advisor, a videotaped simulated patient (SP) encounter, observation of each SP encounter by a patient family advisor and faculty member, a group debriefing led by faculty and patient family advisors, as well as an evaluation component.

Sharing Bad News: Integrating a Patient- and Family-Centered Care Simulation Based Curriculum 


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