The Stanford Patient-Physician
Communication Project
Graduate Medical Education
Stanford University Medical Center
Ann M. Dohn, MA
Designated Institutional Office
Nancy Piro, PhD
Education Specialist / Program Manager
Department of Graduate Medical Education (GME)
Why Are We Doing This?
• Because we have to?
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ACGME requires
(IV.A.5.d).(4)
• Residents must:
– systematically analyze practice using quality
improvement methods, and implement changes
with the goal of practice improvement;
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Why Are We Doing This?
• Because we want to?
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Patient Satisfaction Data
• The Picker survey demonstrated need for better
communication between physicians and patients…
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Added factor
New CEO…. “Healing humanity through science and
compassion, one patient at a time”
C-I-C-A-R-E
C - Connect with patients by addressing them as Mr./Ms. or by
the name that they prefer
I - Introduce yourself and your role
C – Communicate what you are going to do, how long it is going
to take, and how it will impact the patient
A – Ask and anticipate patient needs, questions or concerns
R – Respond to patient questions or requests with immediacy
E – Exit courteously and/or with an explanation of what will
come next (what you will do for them next)
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The Charge to the Chief Residents:
• Design and implement a quality improvement
project that impacts or involves the majority of the
residents and fellows.
– 1% salary bonus as an incentive
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Chief Residents and GME’s
Collaborative Solution
• Create “teamcards” to identify residents/fellows to
patients
• Develop a BRIEF training module on
resident/patient communication
• Pre Interview of Patients:
Do they know their residents’ names?
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Effectiveness Research
• A sample of 300 Patients were interviewed prior
to Teamcard Distribution and Implementation by
GME and Process Excellence Staff
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Data Sheet: Teamcard Chief Residents’
Project
Data #
PRE
Age:
Gender:
Dx of Cognitive Impairment:
YES
Is yes, DSM Dx: ______________
POST
No
Do you know the name of your primary resident physician?
YES
No
__________________________________ (Name Given)
Additional Comments:
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What did our PRE-Initiative Survey
Show?
• 98% of the patients interviewed did not know the
name of their resident physician.
• Many did however know their attendings’ names.
• Many patients told us they thought it was a “great
idea” …I can take home with me and it will help
me remember my physicians’ names….. nurses
need these, too
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Chief Residents QI Project
“Teamcards” Goals
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To improve communication with patients
To better identify the care team
To improve patient engagement
To better connect with patients
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Implementation Steps
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Communicate Plan and Project Goals
Announce training
Distribute the cards and implement
Measure effectiveness of new model
– Post Interview of Patients
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Effectiveness Research
• A second sample of 300 Patients will be
interviewed post Teamcard Implementation to
determine the impact/ effectiveness of using
Teamcards.
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ACGME Requires
( IV.A.5.e)
• Interpersonal and Communication
– Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and
communication skills that result in the effective
exchange of information and collaboration with
patients, their families, and health professionals.
– Residents are expected to:
• communicate effectively with patients, families, and
the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of
socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds;
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Teamcards Implementation and Training
GME Announced:
All residents/fellows (including departing
house staff) must take the Teamcards/C-I-CARE (3 minute)
module on Healthstream before June 1, 2011
https://www.healthstream.com/HLC/Login/Login.aspx?organizationI
D=6a27bcaa-71bd-db11-bf7b-000423d6b5c1&bhcp=0
We required 90% compliance with course completion by
ALL house staff to qualify for 1% salary incentive in
late June
D-E-M-O
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Implementation Details
• Residents/fellows on inpatient rotations at SHC
started using their “teamcards” this month
• “Kick-Off” Meetings were held and cards were
distributed via the departments.
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What in it for the residents?
* INCENTIVE BONUS*
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And when will the residents see the $$$?
• Last paycheck in June or their final paycheck if
they are graduating this year!
• GME is keeping the residents updated on the
progress toward the goal of 90% compliance
with the training.
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Obstacles We Encountered
• The great LOGO debate…
• How many pixels are required for a good photo?
• Aren’t the residents always available for a
professional photographer?
• Can’t visiting residents get their pictures taken, too
and get cards?
• Are visiting residents like community physicians?
• Once the initiative took off, it was no longer the Chief
Residents’ Project
• Faculty Teamcards, too
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Even our Faculty Wanted Teamcards
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Summary
CICARE
C-I-C-A-R-E
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Questions?
CONTACT INFORMATION ~
Ann M. Dohn, MA
Designated Institutional Official
[email protected]
Nancy Piro, PhD
Education Specialist/ Program Manager
[email protected]
Department of Graduate Medical Education (GME)
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Chief Residents Quality Improvement Project 2011