Seven Quality and Safety Strategies to Enhance Overall Patient Experience

When an organization creates a quality and safety program, it can either design a narrow approach to risk management or develop practices that focus on building trust to enhance patient experience, create loyalty and minimize negative impact when adverse events do occur.

William A. Nelson, PhD, HFACHE, associate professor, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, tells us, “Building trust certainly can enhance the patient experience.” But how do we go about building trust with patients? The article “Growing Your Trust Equity” offers seven strategies to consider:

  1. Initiate patient conversations about treatment options and encourage shared decision making.
  2. Encourage patients to speak up about concerns regarding care treatment concerns, with no fear of backlash on future treatment.
  3. Invest in communication peer coaching for the medical staff to ready them to talk to patients.
  4. Encourage medical staff physicians and liability insurers to plan jointly for patient conversations in the aftermath of adverse events.
  5. Create teaching video tools for the medical staff with patients who are willing to share their stories.
  6. Develop a sense of ownership over how your system responds to patients who have experienced unintended clinical outcomes.

 Forget the traditional wisdom that honesty isn’t the best policy when dealing with medical mistakes.

As healthcare leaders develop their quality and safety programs, it’s important to remember that communication leads to trust and trust leads to loyalty. Read the full article “Growing Your Trust Equity.”

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