Check out this article by Vicki Stearn in Today’s Wound Clinic about Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs). I met Vicki Stearn professionally through our mutual involvement in the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and in a chance conversation, she mentioned her work with the Johns Hopkins Patient and Family Advisory Councils. I had personally had a horrible experience with the in-hospital care of my husband (a year before COVID). I was anguished about numerous, similar reports by patients and their families about negative experiences while hospitalized at some of the finest institutions in the land. I felt helpless, both personally and professionally, at the “David vs. Goliath” battle to make even small improvements in the patient experience of care. When Vicki mentioned the PFAC concept, I sat up in my chair. I am grateful to Vicki for introducing us to the concept of PFACs, and I hope that it will be the beginning of a dialogue about how it might be leveraged to improve the care of patients with chronic wounds and ulcers.
Dr. Fife is a world renowned wound care physician dedicated to improving patient outcomes through quality driven care. Please visit my blog at CarolineFifeMD.com and my Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/carolinefifemd/videos
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