The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care

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Vancouver, British Columbia provides a vibrant setting for The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care – Partnerships for Quality and Safety! Vancouver is recognized as a scenic, diverse, and influential Canadian metropolis. In Vancouver, inspiration is cherished, innovation is celebrated, and connections are formed, supported, and strengthened.

Vancouver Shot of CityThose who work tirelessly to improve the safety and quality of health care will come together in Vancouver August 6-8, 2014, sharing exemplary programs dedicated to fostering genuine partnerships and transformative change among patients, families, health care professionals, and policy specialists. 

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care invites abstracts that address the complex challenges in health care from a patient- and family-centered perspective across the continuum – in hospitals, primary care, specialty ambulatory settings, community-based programs, public health and mental health agencies, patient- and family-led organizations, schools of medicine, nursing, and other health and helping professions, such as the VA health system and military treatment facilities.

Vancouver, British Columbia has a longstanding history as a place where history-makers and innovators gather, providing the backdrop for many notable international events, such as the 2010 Winter Olympics and Expo 86. Join thought leaders, share your work, and help bring about transformative efforts in health care systems of the U.S., Canada, and other countries around the world.

The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care: Partnerships for Quality and Safety will offer patient- and family-centered strategies that address the increasing challenges in health care such as rising costs, fluctuating patient satisfaction scores, and delivering safe and quality care for each and every patient—reducing readmissions, decreasing infections, and providing safe care transitions.

In addition to the strong programming featuring best practices in patient- and family-centered care initiatives from programs around North America and the world, the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care is partnering with innovative non-profit organizations focused on improving health care:

Patient- and Family-Centered Care offers a framework to respond to the increasing complexities of health care. Sessions will offer practical strategies for redesigning systems of care, changing culture, and partnering with patients and families to improve outcomes. Throughout the conference, participants will observe the value of partnering with patients and families to address challenges, such as the expanding use of technology, the need for new facilities, the risk of medical error, improving transitions in care, redesigning the primary care system, the increasing numbers of people living with chronic conditions, and the pressure to control costs. Partnerships with patients and families are integral to the practice of patient- and family-centered care. These powerful partnerships are essential to redesigning health care and improving quality and safety and the experience of care.

Whether you are in the early stages of implementing the practice of patient- and family-centered care, or further along in your journey, this international conference offers an exciting program that will expand your knowledge, enhance your skills, and inspire you with innovations to become an even more effective change-agent in health care.

We invite you to join us in Vancouver, British Columbia at The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care to learn from leaders around the world.

Conference Programming

Sessions will feature a variety of innovative and successful programs dedicated to collaborative efforts with patients and families. Significant numbers of patient and family leaders—who have extensive experience in partnering with health care professionals—will assemble with health care administrators, clinicians, medical educators, researchers, architects, and others from across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and other countries.

Presentations during the conference aim to provide the most current insights and strategies in advancing the practice of patient- and family-centered care. Key themes are:
• Leadership for Advancing the Practice of Patient- and Family-Centered Care
• Developing and Sustaining Effective Partnerships with Patient and Family Advisors/Leaders
• Partnering with Patients and Families Within and Across Care Settings
• Better Together: Changing the Concept of Families as Visitors in Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities
• Education for Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice
• Research Methods and Quality Improvement Approaches

A diverse group of expert presenters will represent hospitals, health systems, community-based programs, patient- and family-led organizations, physician practices, schools of medicine, nursing, allied health, and other health professions. Educational sessions will address a variety of settings including adult and pediatric inpatient care and ambulatory/primary care, maternity care, newborn intensive care, mental health, chronic illness care, professional education, and environment and design.

Be a part of this important meeting!

Additional Information

Who Should Attend
• Patient and Family Advisors and Leaders
• Health System Trustees, Administrative Leaders, and Managers
• Health Care Practitioners and Clinicians
• Social Workers, Child Life Specialists, Chaplains, and other Supporting Staff
• Respiratory, Occupational, and Physical Therapists and Developmental Specialists
• Quality Management and Patient Safety Personnel
• Care Coordinators/Discharge Planners
• Health Care Educators and Information Specialists
• Faculty, Researchers, and Students in Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Allied Health, and other related fields
• Organizational Development Professionals
• Architects, Interior Designers, and Facility Planning Staff
• Health Care Planners, Policy Makers, and Government Agency Leaders
• VA/Military Administrative Leaders, Clinicians, Staff, and their Patient and Family Advisors
• Funders of Health Care Programs

Conference Learning Objectives
• Gain understanding of patient- and family-centered care and how it can be applied to all settings across the continuum of care.
• Identify strategies to support and encourage patient and family engagement and partnerships among patients, families, and health care professionals.
• Discuss patient- and family-centered strategies for improving quality, safety, and the experience of care.
• Explore examples of excellence and innovation in patient- and family-centered policy, program, practice, professional education, research and facility design in hospitals, community practices, and agencies across North America and throughout the world.
• Delineate patient- and family-centered best practices and related benefits for leadership, the redesign of primary care and hospital care policies and processes.

Continuing Education
Nurses: Approval is pending for this activity by the Maryland Nurses Association which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Physicians: Application for CME credits has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit hours is pending.

Social Workers: This program is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.

Child Life Specialists: This program is pending approval from the Child Life Council.

Health Educators: This program is pending approval from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

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