New Initiative Supports Compassionate, Collaborative Care

February 10, 2016 04:34 pm News Staff

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation recently announced the launch of an initiative( designed to promote the delivery of patient-centered, compassionate and team-based health care.

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Richard Levin, M.D., president and CEO of the foundation, acknowledged in the announcement that the initiative, dubbed Compassionate, Collaborative Care (the Triple C), syncs with the triple aim of health care -- defined as better care, improved outcomes and lower costs.

Although the AAFP has had no direct involvement in this new initiative, the Academy has shown unwavering support for the triple aim.

Among other things, the initiative calls for a transition from the traditional hierarchical model of care to one in which physicians, other members of the health care team, and patients and their families all join as partners in a patient's care.

Call for Award Nominations

In separate news related to The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the AAFP is accepting nominations from AAFP chapters for nominees for the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award( for Practicing Doctors.

Letters of nomination are due by April 1.

Nominees should, among other things, demonstrate compassion and empathy in the delivery of patient care; show respect for patients, families and colleagues; display empathic communication and listening skills; respect the patient's viewpoint; and engender trust and confidence.

The award recipient will be honored during the 2016 Congress of Delegates Sept. 19-21 in Orlando, Fla., and will receive financial support to attend the meeting, as well a monetary award of $1,000.

The initiative is based on a framework( jointly developed by the Gold Foundation and the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare with input provided by an advisory group that included educators, physicians, licensure and accreditation agency representatives, and patient advocates.

The aims of the initiative are further explored in a paper( published in the Dec. 29 Academic Medicine titled "Integrating Compassionate, Collaborative Care (the "Triple C") Into Health Professional Education to Advance the Triple Aim of Health Care."

The paper stresses the integration of compassion and collaboration into competency training for health professionals, as well as aggressive partnering between the care team, patients and their families.

"Integrating the skills of the Triple C into the curriculum is vitally important to achieving the triple aim of health care," said Levin. He called compassionate, collaborative care "essential" to a fourth aim -- improving the work life for physicians and other health care professionals.

"The Triple C is not often taught, and it is an absence which is clearly a large part of the problem of burnout in trainees and clinicians," said Levin.

Physician burnout has long been a priority issue for the AAFP.

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