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 sees patients at the CHI St. Luke's Hospital Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. For an appointment call (936) 266-2150.

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