Schwartz Center RoundsNewton Wellesley Hospital hosts Schwartz Center Rounds. These are unique, multi-disciplinary sessions in which the emotional side of caregiving is explored. A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds are funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate healthcare.
In a typical Rounds session, a panel of caregivers presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues. Topics have included “When a Long Term Patient Dies: The ‘Professional’ Becomes the ‘Personal,’” “Treatment without Consent,” and “When Religious or Spiritual Beliefs Conflict with Medical Advice.” Participants then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the topic.
Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff. A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally; enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families; improve communication among caregivers and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress.
For more information about Schwartz Center Rounds, visit www.theschwartzcenter.org
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