PHM Focus

Schedule at a Glance

Making it Measurable: Evidence-Based Advocacy for the Practicing Pediatric Hospitalist

Primary Leader:
Karen Smith

Karen Smith
Shimona Thakrar
Brian Alverson
Karen Wilson

Objective 1:
- Identify opportunities for integration of evidence-based advocacy into the daily practice of the busy community or academic hospitalist

Objective 2:
- Evaluate advocacy activities for potential measurable outcomes and assess how these activities can be documented within an Advocacy Portfolio or Advocacy CV

Objective 3:
- Develop pediatric hospitalist division advocacy goals and objectives for use at participants' home institutions

Individual patient advocacy is essential for daily care provision by the pediatric hospitalist. As healthcare shifts towards population health, the solutions to disease prevention and rising healthcare costs are increasingly found outside of the hospital. This transition has broadened the role of the pediatric hospitalist as advocate, making multi-level advocacy a unique skill to allow for more cost-effective care of patients and communities. As opposed to hospitalist activities in research and medical education, difficulty in measuring outcomes is often seen as a barrier to advocacy in both the academic and community settings. This workshop will include an introduction to advocacy, case-based small group breakout sessions that allow for discussion of evidence-based advocacy solutions to hospital-based problems, and identification of measurable outcomes through the development of an Advocacy Portfolio and hospitalist division Advocacy Goals and Objectives.