Planetree and Picker Institute, Global
Patient-Centered Care Advocates, Partner
to Create Harvey Picker Center of Innovation
and Applied Research Program in Long-Term Care
Sept. 4, 2012—Planetree and Picker Institute share a remarkably similar vision for a healthcare system that integrates the patient perspective into every aspect of care, and the two organizations have a long-standing history of collaboration.
The latest partnership endeavor is the formation of the Harvey Picker Center of Innovation and Applied Research and Program in Long-Term Care, to be developed through matching funds contributed by Planetree combined with funding from Picker Institute. The goal, to develop an international hub of research and education with a core focus on identifying and disseminating innovative practices in person-centered long-term care, comes at a crucial time when the demands of healthcare reform require rapid deployment of innovative, person-centered practices. A vital priority for the Center will be to assist leaders with translating evidence-based knowledge to practice in support of sustainable practice improvement for residents, family and staff across long-term care settings.
Harvey Picker, an admired and inspirational pioneer, left an enduring legacy that has indelibly influenced how quality in healthcare is defined. Harvey understood that the true authorities on the patient and long-term care resident experience are patients and residents themselves. Through his life’s work, he amplified the voice of healthcare consumers whose perspectives for too long had been neglected or trivialized as part of the discourse on improving how healthcare is delivered.
“Widening Picker Institute’s areas of interest to include a significant segment devoted to long-term care was a very important element of Harvey Picker’s vision,” said Lucile O. Hanscom, executive director of Picker Institute. “Incorporating the patient’s perspective begins with understanding the patient’s values, preferences and expressed needs and then integrating them into every aspect of the patient’s care. As a leader in this field, Planetree is uniquely positioned to carry on this essential work.”
The Harvey Picker Center of Innovation and Applied Research Program in Long-Term Care will be built on the three foundational pillars of research, policy and practice and will be guided by a Steering Committee of long-term care research, policy and practice experts, thereby bridging the divides that commonly stymie collaboration across these sectors.
The inaugural Steering Committee will include a multi-stakeholder group from key organizations, including Pioneer Network, the American Health Care Association, and LeadingAge. Collaboration among these organizations will ensure that the Center of Innovation’s work meets the highest priority needs across long-term care, while also minimizing duplicative efforts across the field and extending the Center of Innovation’s reach across the full long-term care spectrum.
To advance person-centered long-term care, key deliverables to be developed and disseminated by the Center will include:
? Person-Centered Long-Term Care Literature Brief: A semi-annual report translating research literature for meaningful use in LTC
? Voices of Long-Term Care Report: An annual publication summarizing the perspectives voiced by LTC residents, family and staff during on-site focus groups across LTC settings
? Applied Research Agenda: Critical topics for applied research to be identified annually through expert consensus informed by literature review and focus group findings
? Matching Research Grants: Up to five grants will be distributed annually ($50,000), and matched with awardee contributions ($50,000), to advance the applied research agenda. (Information about grant application criteria and deadlines to be announced.)
? Person-Centered LTC education: Grant recipients will serve as faculty of the Center of Innovation and contribute to related education and dissemination of research findings.
? Person-Centered LTC Summit: An annual summit showcasing knowledge developed through the Applied Research Program, to be coordinated with Planetree’s annual conference
? Educational Webinars: Semi-annual webinars to be hosted by Planetree with an emphasis on translating research-based knowledge into practice
? Coaching and Education: Based on the work and findings of the Center of Innovation and Applied Research Program, coaching and educational services will be offered for any interested LTC organization.
? Learning Journeys: Site visits will be coordinated to feature LTC organizations that have achieved excellence in person-centered care as first-hand educational experiences.
? Long-Term Care Improvement Guide (LTCIG) Supplements: Findings from the Applied Research Program will consistently supplement the freely available LTCIG.
About Picker Institute
Picker Institute is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of patient-centered care and the improvement of the patient’s experience and interaction with healthcare providers. Picker Institute sponsors research and education in the fields of patient-centered care and recognizes best practices in fostering continued improvement in healthcare from the patient’s perspective
Established in Boston in 1993, Picker Institute led the way in creating scientifically valid nationwide surveys and databanks on patient-centered care that were designed to help educate doctors, hospital staff and other caregivers to the benefits of patient-centered care. Today, the patient’s perspective is one of the standard metrics of performance routinely measured by the U.S. government (HCAHPS) and healthcare organizations.
Today, Picker Institute promotes the patient-centered care mission with a robust research and education agenda, including ongoing education lectures and workshops; support of mission-oriented research; dissemination of best-practices patient-centered care tools and strategies; annual best-practices recognition awards; research grants; research databanks; and regular participation in national and international symposiums.
Planetree has a 34-year history of guiding providers through a structured process that enables caregivers to transform the health care experience they provide. By partnering with Planetree, organizations across the continuum—from large, urban systems to small, critical-access hospitals and long-term care communities—attain the expertise, tools and support needed to create organizational change and deliver health care that is putting the needs of individuals first.
For more information about the Center, please contact Planetree at (203) 732-1365.
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