Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Stanford Medicine X
Framework for including everyone in medical meetings.
The Stanford framework is not a simple checklist for patient inclusion.
It is a framework to create meaningful patient partnership in health care and is composed of our Everyone Included™ declaration of mutual respect and inclusivity, along with a series of design principles, implementation aids and charter guidelines. The framework is intended to help entities build value through partnership with all stakeholders in health care. This includes the view of patients as experts in the experience of their conditions and in their interactions with the health care system. The Stanford Framework builds off Everyone Included™ principles of mutual respect and inclusivity as drivers of health care innovation.
Our Stanford Framework for convenings was co-developed by the Stanford University Medicine X program with a board of epatient and caregiver advisors as well as interdisciplinary health care providers, technologists and researchers over a five year period. It has been iteratively tested and prototyped at the world’s leading patient-centered medical conference with participation from over 100 patient and caregiver participants recruited from around the world.
Medical events are convened to drive improvement in health care through the creation of networks of domain experts, sharing of information, creation of collaborations, and thoughtful challenging of conventional thinking. Patients can make important contributions in all of these areas.
Well planned patient partnership brings value to medical convenings by helping everyone understand the issues and problems that matter most to patients, caregivers and their families. Patients bring empathy to discussion of the clinical care of patients, and widens the research agenda to identify domains that are important to patients. The active participation of patients also helps promote cultural change in medicine towards a productive collaboration with patients in health care design, delivery, education, research and practice.
Other important stakeholders can also contribute value to events, including
The Stanford Framework is intended for all organizations that seek to build value and enhance the expertise of their programs by including patients and caregivers as partners in their work. The Stanford Framework is designed to accommodate entities of any size and diverse resource settings. Anyone who wants to build value through partnering with patients and caregivers might utilize the Stanford Framework.
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The Stanford Framework has been iteratively prototyped and tested over five years through design challenges, workshops, research projects and convenings by the Medicine X program at Stanford University.
Over 100 patients from around the world have participated in our Everyone Included™ programs. Each participant has provided program feedback and evaluation as part of a continuous quality improvement program.
You may sign a declaration showing your support for Everyone Included™, our model of mutual respect and inclusivity as a framework for health care innovation on this website.
We are also creating a series of charter guidelines, design principles and implementation tools for a variety of domains in health care. We are starting with our Stanford Framework for convenings, which is published here on this website.
Future Stanford Framework domain initiatives include: medical research and publishing, health care service innovation, industry participation, award and funding programs.
At the heart of the Stanford Framework is a declaration to nurture an environment that values everyone’s expertise and includes all health care stakeholders in conversations about the future of health care. We call these ideals our Everyone Included™ vision for health care innovation. We ask those seeking to use the Stanford Framework for their medical event to endorse Everyone Included by sharing our declaration in event proceedings or reproducing our seat/table cards for use at your event.
By sharing your support for the Everyone Included™ you signal the importance of an environment that values everyone’s expertise and includes all relevant stakeholders in the culture of your organization. Our declaration is intended to create a shared model amongst all team members to engage in meaningful dialogue through a framework of mutual appreciation and valuing of expertise and inclusivity amongst all stakeholders.
Everyone Included inclusivity model describes various tiers of patient and stakeholder inclusivity at medical conferences. It provides a framework of shared commitment of Everyone Included conference organizers to work toward Tier 4 integration while recognizing and attributing the actual implementation tier of each individual conference.
The guidelines for various tiers of inclusivity that define Everyone Included™ events under the Stanford Framework are presented below. Please bear in mind these are general guidelines and represent minimum expected commitments in each tier.
These design principles are intended to provide suggestions in implementing a framework of mutual respect and inclusivity in the design of your event. The intent of the Stanford Framework is not to create a series of “boxes to check,” but rather to provide you with design principles and tools that will enable you to create the most meaningful patient and stakeholder partnerships at your event.
This can be accomplished by working to ensure that all stakeholders are respected for the expertise they bring to conversations about the future of health care.
Create an environment that celebrates and encourages “being human,” and design around that concept.
Foster a diverse environment where openness and experimentation is the norm and stakeholders are encouraged to express and engage with their unique ideas.
Create an environment that addresses the physical and emotional well-being of all members of a diverse team.
Strengthen education and mentorship programs to develop scholars who can participate in and lead a conference’s Everyone Included™ efforts in subsequent years.
Ensure accountability by providing a platform for discussion and feedback.
The Stanford Framework is intended for all medical conference organizers who seek to build value and enhance the expertise of their events by including patients and caregivers as partners in the proceeding. The Stanford Framework is designed to accommodate meetings of any size and diverse resource settings. Anyone who wants to build value through partnering with patients and caregivers might utilize the Stanford Framework.