Thanks to member Marilyn Mann for sharing this free article in JAMA with a suggestion on how to better personalize the patient’s hospital stay – really sensible suggestions. One reads them and wonders why they are not in place already. An excerpt:
Stress is also toxic and can emanate from uncertainty, unforeseen events, and anxiety. Patients should be given a schedule for the day. There should be tools to help them understand the roles of their health care professionals. Patients should know the name of and be able to recognize their physician of record (known in some hospitals as the most responsible physician). Clinicians and other care professionals should announce themselves before entering the patient’s room and wear easy-to-read name badges with a description of their roles. Every person who enters the room should sign a logbook so patients and their families know exactly who has visited.
Detsky AS, Krumholz HM. Reducing the Trauma of Hospitalization. JAMA.Published online May 01, 2014. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3695.