Patient Family & Community Engagement | Patient and Care Partners

Carrying the Load: Improving Clinical Outcomes

Joan Forte, Healthcare Consultant/Nurse/Administrator Barbara Kivowitz, Healthcare Consultant/Author/Advisor

The patient/family caregiver relationship impacts understanding of the illness, coping, and following medical recommendations – directly influencing health outcome. These relationships are a crucial lever for clinicians. At Stanford Health Care, using a relationship-centered framework (based on Love in the Time of Chronic Illness: How to Fight the Sickness- Not Each Other by Barbara Kivowitz), we collaborated with patient/family partners, clinicians, and administrators to develop a curriculum to enable clinicians to support the patient/family caregiver relationship, in their daily practice, and deepen collaboration and strengthen the resilience needed to manage illness. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the impact of illness on the relationship, and approaches to use with patients and caregivers.

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