RightCare Rounds is an educational initiative that incorporates evidence-based discussion in the format of a case presentation to promote appropriate patient care. This program aims to help clinicians recognize and prevent overuse and underuse, while taking into consideration social contexts and patient preferences. This toolkit provides step-by-step instructions for how to implement RightCare Rounds in any institution.
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(a) The RightCare Rounds Program
RightCare Rounds is an educational initiative that uses the familiar format of a case presentation, incorporating evidence-based discussion to promote appropriate patient care. While conferences such as morning report or noon conference have traditionally focused on uncovering elusive diagnoses or uncommon findings, RightCare Rounds is structured to address the whole patient and the entire continuum of care.
The RightCare Rounds program aims to provide clinicians with the tools to recognize and prevent overuse and/or underuse while simultaneously uncovering local opportunities to provide the best possible care for patients. Particular emphasis is placed on social contexts, diagnosing patient preferences, and reviewing clinical evidence as a means to optimizing care and limiting harms from medical overuse and/or underuse. This program is meant to be flexible and can be tailored according to an individual institution’s needs.
RightCare Rounds promotes a new paradigm: Doing “as much as possible for the patient, and as little as possible to the patient.”
More on RightCare 101 can be found here: http://lowninstitute.org/learn/overuse-101/
(c) Intended Audience
This toolkit is geared toward health care professionals interested in implementing a case-based educational conference aimed at avoiding unnecessary care and promoting the RightCare for patients. It was written specifically for Chief Residents participating in the RightCare Rounds program and preparing to lead RightCare Rounds in their institutions.
RightCare Program Audience
RightCare Rounds is appropriate for clinicians and trainees within any of the allied health professions. It is well suited to occur within existing educational time slots, for example, morning report, ward teaching rounds, noon conferences, pre-clinic conference, or departmental grand rounds. Inpatient or ambulatory settings are equally suited for this conference.
(d) Why Is RightCare Rounds Important?