Episode: Grand Rounds from the patient’s perspective

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Grand Rounds from the patient’s perspective

In the news portion of episode 64, Nick Andrews welcome Dr. Amy Paller, MD, to discuss the different dermatologic manifestations of COVID-19 especially as it pertains to pediatric patients.

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Grand Rounds are not only a teaching opportunity but also a vital patient care activity. Dr. Vincent DeLeo talks to Dr. William Huang about results of a study that surveyed how patients perceive clinical case-viewing sessions in dermatology. “I think we can easily lose track of [the patient’s experience] because it is something very routine for us as an activity that we have participated in as medical students, as residents, and as faculty, but for the invited patient this is something strange, like something they saw on a medical television drama,” Dr. Huang explains. They discuss how patients felt before vs after participating in Grand Rounds as well as patients’ suggestions for how to improve the process.

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Things you will learn in this episode:

  • The goal of Grand Rounds is to get clinical opinions from a number of different physicians at the same time to achieve better outcomes in patients with conditions that are difficult to diagnose or treat. 
  • Patients were surveyed before and immediately after participating in clinical case-viewing sessions to assess their feelings and attitudes regarding this activity. “We could not find where this had been looked at before in our specialty,” Dr. Huang explains.
  • Patients generally felt that participating in clinical case-viewing sessions met their expectations and was a beneficial experience. “They were also very likely to participate again, which demonstrates that they had a good experience overall,” Dr. Huang says.
  • Anxiety went down after participating in Grand Rounds vs before, but patients’ feelings of being a science experience or guinea pig went up after the session was over.
  • It is important to recognize that patients generally are not familiar with the process of Grand Rounds and may not know what to expect or how it benefits them. “Communicate to the patient before they are scheduled what the session will actually entail from start to finish to follow-up,” Dr. Huang recommends.

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Hosts: Nick Andrews; Vincent A. DeLeo, MD (Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles)

Guest: William W. Huang, MD, MPH (Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C.)

Disclosures: Dr. DeLeo is a consultant for Esteé Lauder. Dr. Huang reports no conflict of interest.

Show notes by: Alicia Sonners, Melissa Sears

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