The most robust predictor of outcome in medical practice is the quality of the therapeutic relationship among providers of medical care and the patients and families they treat. Therapeutic relationship includes the experience of mutual respect, compassion, validation and agreement on treatment goals and collaborative decision-making.
In an era of ever-increasing stress on health care providers and associated burnout, three practices are known to decrease burnout and foster meaning in the delivery of medical care:
Whenever individuals or group experience intense emotional experiences there are three steps to manage them: acknowledge and validate the emotion; support each other and bear the emotion together; put the emotion in a deeper perspective, brining meaning to the experience, something learned, something shared.
The “Rounds for Fostering Meaning in Medicine” are held two to four times per year and bring together our multidisciplinary teams to share in achieving the practices and values mentioned above.
The experiences of nurses, medical staff, residents, medical students, allied health professionals, certified nursing assistants, security personnel, housekeepers, chaplains, our diversity council and others are contributors to the topics and situations addressed in the rounds. The rounds are held two to four times per year as the need arises.
Anyone can suggest a topic to the Department of Medical Education, Stephanie Wade, Joan Gore and Alex Sabo for consideration. The appropriate stakeholders will be supported in planning and implementing the topic of that session’s exploration.