Michael Leonard, MD, Physician Leader for Patient Safety, Kaiser Permanente; Kathy Duncan, RN, 5 Million Lives Campaign Faculty, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Lucian Leape, MD, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health; Kevin Knoblock, Student, MSN/Nurse Practitioner Program, MGH Institute of Health Professions; Paul Levy, President and CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Linda Kenney, Patient, President and Executive Director, Medically Induced Trauma Support Services
Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
- Identify what you see as the biggest challenges facing your national and local health care system, drawing from the opinions of peers and experts.
- List at least three major challenges facing the US health care system according to different experts and stakeholders.
Description: What’s the single biggest challenge your health care system will face within the next five to ten years? We’ll ask you first, and then put the same question to a doctor, a nurse, a professor, a student, a hospital CEO, and a patient.
Discussion Group Questions
- What are some of the challenges facing your national health care system?
- Of the challenges you listed, which do you think is the biggest and why?
Now take a moment to listen to the responses we got when we posed the question, “What’s the biggest issue facing health care in the next five to ten years?” to a doctor, a nurse, a professor, a student, a hospital CEO, and a patient, all of whom have a unique perspective on health care in the United States
- Linda Kenney, the patient in this video, says health care providers need to “stop dismissing” patients. Have you ever felt dismissed by a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, or some other health care provider? What would you have liked the provider to do differently? If you could go back and relive the experience, what would you do differently as a patient?
- What are some of the national challenges listed in this video (e.g., costs, nursing shortages, lack of respect for patients’ experiences) that are affecting care in your local setting?
- Have your feelings about the biggest problems in health care changed at all after watching the video?