Humanism in the Perioperative Environment
The Regents of the University of California
Principal Investigator: Danielle Perret, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Pain Medicine
Always Events: 1) Always determine the patient’s view of the perioperative experience, their preferences, needs and wishes, and use this to develop a personalized plan for care of that patient.
2) Always use empathic communication in all patient interactions.
3) Always ID and mitigate each patient’s level of anxiety using empirically-based techniques that specifically target the individual.
4) Always pay close attention to pain and anxiety, before as well as after surgery, and develop a specific plan to address physical discomfort keeping emotional factors in mind.
5) Always communicate empathically and clearly with the patient’s family and friends.
Overview: In this 19-week curriculum, the “Humanism in the Perioperative Environment” program trains first-year Anesthesiology residents in compassion, communication, and empathetic care, in addition to technical care. This curriculum centers on the patient’s entire perioperative experience, with close attention to the patient’s fears, pain, and anxiety. The goal is for residents to develop perioperative Always Events that integrate and promote patient-centered medicine, resulting in a personalized patient perioperative experience. The program creates and overt and comprehensive curriculum that gives anesthesia residents the skills to identify and address a patient’s pain, anxiety and personal needs in the perioperative setting.