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of 'Palliative care: Issues in the intensive care unit in adults'

Connection: Schwartz Center Rounds at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
Penson RT, Schapira L, Mack S, Stanzler M, Lynch TJ Jr
Oncologist. 2010;15(7):760-4. Epub 2010 Jun 28.
Shortly before his death in 1995, Kenneth B. Schwartz, a cancer patient at Massachusetts General Hospital, founded the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing compassionate health care. The Center sponsors Schwartz Rounds, a multidisciplinary forum in which doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, and other staff reflect on important psychosocial issues that arise in caring for patients. Attendees participate in an interactive discussion about issues anchored in a case presentation and share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. The patient narratives may center on wonderful events and transcendent experiences or tragic stories, during which staff can only bear witness to the suffering. The Rounds focus on caregivers' experiences, and encourage staff to share insights, own their vulnerabilities, and support each other. The primary objective is to foster healing relationships and provide support to professional caregivers, enhance communication among caregivers, and improve the connection between patients and caregivers. Currently,>50,000 clinicians attend monthly Schwartz Rounds at 195 sites in 31 states, numbers that are rapidly growing. In this article we explore the reasons that contribute to the success of this model of multidisciplinary reflection.
M.R.C.P., Hematology-Oncology, Yawkey 9064, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA. rpenson@partners.org