Invitation to Engage for Patients and Families
In January 2017, the National Academy of Medicine published a discussion paper, co-authored by Planetree’s Susan Frampton and Sara Guastello, that describes specific changes and steps that healthcare organizations need for PFEC to truly flourish in process and practice. While this is great news for the industry, the average consumer doesn’t know what patient and family engaged care (PFEC) means and why it matters. To address this, the patient-family advisory council (PFAC) at Planetree International summarized the paper for consumers. This plain language summary of the paper, written BY patients and families FOR patients and families, is framed as an invitation to engage and identifies specific actions individuals can take to be more active participants in their healthcare.