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October #pulmCC Twitter Chat: Patient-Focused Care Across the Generations

Join us on Monday, October 8, at 6:30 pm Central/7:30 pm Eastern to discuss a topic fundamental to practicing pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Caring for patients includes not simply making a diagnosis and administering appropriate treatment, but ensuring the patient is at the center of decisions affecting their health. Patient-focused care involves open communication, understanding and working with the patient’s belief system, ensuring continuity of care in today’s fast-paced medical environments, and making decisions with a shared mental model. In the areas of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep, patient-focused care is particularly important.

Patient-focused care has been linked to improved patient and physician satisfaction, enhanced medication adherence, better disease control, and decreased resource utilization. This topic will be brought to spotlight at the 2018 CHEST Annual Conference during a keynote address by Dr. Richard Irwin, the Editor in Chief of the journal CHEST®.

And in another keynote at CHEST 2018, Scott Zimmer will discuss the challenges of working with and treating different generations, each of whom may have distinctive expectations and work styles.  As part of this Twitter chat, the CHEST Social Media Working Group will host a discussion about the challenges of providing patient-focused care across generations. So if you’re at #CHEST2018, please join us in person on Monday, October 8, at The Marriott Rivercenter, Room 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm—we’ll have 1 hour for networking and snacks and an hour for the live Twitter chat! Otherwise, please join us on Twitter by following the hashtag #pulmcc for a robust discussion on these important topics!


T1: What does patient-focused care mean to you? Provide an example of how patient-focused care improved the care for your patient.

T2: How do the different generations affect the delivery and expectation of patient-centered care?

T3: What component of patient-focused care would you like to improve on?

T4: What barriers do you face or perceive for delivering high-quality patient-centered care?


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