This article briefly highlights six other interesting innovations explored in IPFCC conference presentations and posters (see Tables 1 and 2), as well as identifies a variety of strategies that apply broadly when innovating around patient and family engagement.
Many posters and presentations at the IPFCC Conference addressed either adult patient and family member engagement or parent and other family member engagement in pediatric settings.
The IPFCC has published materials detailing how to plan for, recruit, train, and then provide ongoing support to patient and family advisors.
IPFCC (2010b) suggests 12-15 advisors as an appropriate number in many cases; having one staff member for every four advisors also is suggested.
The IPFCC (2012) provides a sample application for potential advisors.
The IPFCC has developed core guiding concepts for patient- and family-centered care.
Several sessions and poster presentations at the 2012 IPFCC Conference described patient and family involvement in rounds and change of shift report.
In her presentation at the IPFCC Conference, Christensen (2012) called this level "expert" family participation, and suggested that patients and families at this level could be taught several evidence-based tools that are part of the TeamSTEPPS protocol.
Increasingly, the important role of patients and families as subject-matter experts in the education of clinicians is also being recognized, and several sessions at the IPFCC conference shared innovative strategies and programs for this level of partnership.
As a starting point, IPFCC offers bibliographies (see Figure 1) on a variety of topics, including pediatric care, bedside rounds, discharge and transition planning for NICU and pediatrics, and transition to adult health care for youth with special health care needs.
More information about this role is provided in the IPFCC resource, Staff Liaison to Patient and Family Advisory Councils and Other Collaborative Endeavors (see Figure 1).