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Professionalism Prize Goes to Article in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

Added on July 16, 2015 in General News

Joint Commission Resources (JCR) is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation awarded an article in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety a Professionalism Article Prize. The article, entitled Instituting a Culture of Professionalism: The Establishment of a Center for Professionalism and Peer Support,” was co-authored by Dr. Jo Shapiro, Dr. Anthony Whittemore, and Dr. Lawrence Tsen. The study, conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, aimed to enable professionals identify, stop, and report unprofessional or intimidating behavior in the health care setting. Such behavior undermines safety culture in health care organizations. It can also lead to serious medical errors, adverse events, and unsafe working conditions. At the time of the article’s publication, the study provided thousands of health care professionals with the education and tools they needed to end unprofessional behavior in the workplace. We reached out to Dr. Shapiro for a post-publication update on this study. 

Since the publication of this paper, we have continued our professionalism work and analysis through the Center for Professionalism and Peer Support. In the two years since we compiled the data for this paper, we have received new reports concerning 88 individual focus people (FPs) and seven new teams/units. This brings the total of unique individuals about whom concerns were raised since 2010 to 303. In addition, 39 FPs from our original data set have been re-involved with the Center due to new reports of concerning behavior. We expect to continue collection and analysis of our data in order to better understand our processes and growth, both as a Center and as an institution more broadly. - Dr. Shapiro 

The Journal’s Executive Editor, Steve Berman, is honored that the publication has once again been recognized as a source of advancements in health care leadership and professionalism.  

This article perfectly addresses the Journal’s mission–to provide health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care. Learning from the experience of Brigham and Women’s can help health care organizations develop their own programs to prevent, identify, and manage unprofessional behavior, which is widely recognized as a threat to satisfaction and safety for patients and workers.” - Steve Berman 

A committee of physicians, a medical student, and other health care leaders selected the winners from a pool of over 40 peer-reviewed articles published in 2014 The article was one of three chosen by this committee. For more information click here. 


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