National Bladder Health Week is November 9 through 13, 2015 and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is hosting a series of free lectures to raise awareness of bladder health and pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urinary incontinence (the involuntary loss of urine) affects an estimated 15 to 30 percent of U.S. adults. Most people take bladder control for granted until it becomes a problem. Read More about Local Experts Hold Free Lectures for National Bladder Health Week: Nov. 9-13
Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Carlos Surgery Centers Cared for 72 Patients
During the month of August, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a Sutter Health affiliate, held its annual Gift of Surgery event, during which doctors performed 72 free surgeries for patients of safety net clinics who could not afford elective surgeries. PAMF physicians volunteered approximately 180 physician hours and their medical teams three times that.
On Monday, September 21, 2015, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) opened a new Daly City Center for patient care. Located at 901 Campus Drive in Daly City, the new center will offer primary care, including pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine, for both children and adults. In addition, specialists in the fields of neurology, general surgery, vascular surgery and cardiac electrophysiology will rotate through the center each week to provide enhanced patient access to specialty care. The Daly City Center also offers laboratory services and, beginning on November 1, state-of-the-art digital radiology.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) hosted the first “Coming Together 4 R Youth Symposium” on August 26, 2015, to help connect health care professionals with local teen health and wellness resources. The event was held at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center. More than 90 professionals from local medical and mental health organizations, city government offices and schools attended the symposium.
“Meeting the emotional and social needs of young people can be challenging,” says Nancy Brown, Ph.D., a PAMF health education manager who organized the symposium. “Medical professionals can refer young people to mental health providers for counseling but teens need additional opportunities to gain self-confidence and life skills in safe, non-judgmental and nurturing environments.” Read More about PAMF Symposium Provides Venue to Share Teen Health Resources
Open Communication Model Increases Patient Engagement & Satisfaction
A recent Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) study looked at ways to improve patient-physician communication through a cluster randomized controlled trial of four primary care clinics at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Funding for the study was provided by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),
Researchers tested two approaches:
The first approach, called “Open Communication,” was co-developed by the PAMF Research Institute team with patients, physicians and clinic staff. It contained three components:
- A Visit Companion booklet for patients write down the issues or questions that matter to them most, and bring to their doctor visit
- A short animated video that encourages patients and physicians to communicate openly
- Physician communication coaching from a standardized patient coach on how to use the booklet with their patients
The second approach was based on the AskShareKnow of the ASK Patient-Clinician Communication Model which prompts patients to ask their doctor three questions about their options and risks.