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By Joshua Eng | Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018
Deprescribing means reducing or stopping medications that may no longer benefit a patient. It’s a practice that can address the challenges of polypharmacy, but health care providers don’t always take the time necessary to explain the concept or its benefits to patients.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Medication Safety, Medication Reconciliation, Patient & Family Centered Care
By John Gauthier | Monday, Jul 07, 2014
Peter Libby is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of nursing experience. The following post is from a letter he wrote to IHI Director Kelly McCutcheon Adams about his experience in the health care system as a patient diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Libby, 51, shares his story of deciding what his end-of-life care wishes are after a series of debilitating hospitalizations for septic shock. I am a Registered Nurse (RN) with over 25 years of nursing experience. I have had the good fortune t ... read full post


Tag(s): Palliative Care, Disease Management, Changes, Patient/Family Member, Patient & Family Centered Care, End of Life Care, The Conversation Project, Conversation Ready, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Sepsis
By John Gauthier | Monday, Apr 28, 2014
IHI Lead for Public and Patient Engagement Martha Hayward is faculty for the IHI Expedition on Patient and Family Advisors Getting the Most Out of Your Partnership. In this interview with IHI project assistant Sarah Konstantino, she talks about the keys to identifying the most effective patient and family advisors. Q Why is it so important to have patient and family advisors?I am really glad you asked me that question because most people jump to the idea that the most important thing is having a ... read full post


Tag(s): Engage Patients and Families in Care, Engage Patients and Families in Improvement, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Patient/Family Member, Family caregivers and caregiving - all aspects, Family Health Team, Patient & Family Centered Care, Patient Engagement, Senior Leader/Administrator
By Caitlin Littlefield | Friday, Oct 04, 2013
By John Gauthier Communications Coordinator (IHI) “Always Events” have been part of the movement to put patients at the center of their care since the beginning. On WIHI, we put our listeners at the center of the discussion, with their great questions and observations about the everyday work of improving health care. The September 26 WIHI was no exception. Almost a thousand listeners tuned in, and they contributed a wealth of knowledge. Our guests – Cherry Shogren of UnityPoint Health in I ... read full post


Tag(s): WIHI, WIHI Archive, Always Events, SMART, Patient & Family Centered Care
By Caitlin Littlefield | Thursday, Jun 27, 2013
Kelly McCutcheon Adams, LICSW Director, IHI Two years ago at a medical appointment, the medical assistant asked me if I have any medication reactions. This was different than asking at prior appointments about medication allergies, so I gave a different answer yes, my brain gets nutty if I take cough syrup with guaifenesin in it. Since that day, every time I show up at a medical appointment at any doctor’s office in my community, at the walk-in clinic or at the emergency depart ... read full post


Tag(s): Conversation Ready, Patient Safety, Quality, Patient & Family Centered Care
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