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A PEACE model requires the entire team to understand patient-centered, trauma-informed care. Early pregnancy visits do not fit into a simple template, and each patient’s experiences and priorities are different. PEACE clinics connect patient centeredness and evidence-based care, and all members of clinical teams should be involved in this process.
Ongoing team building
Team building is an ongoing process, and strong relationships, accountability, and trust among team members translates to outstanding patient care.
Daily: One way to foster trust and communication is to start the day with brief “gratitude” rounds, where each team members shares something they are grateful for. This centers the team in positivity and encourages relationship building. Following this, one team member should be designated to lead a “huddle” to review the patient panel and clinical considerations for each patient. Foster an environment where any member of any role can ask clarifying questions, or contribute essential information.
Weekly: Arrange 30-minute weekly clinical huddles with the practice and nursing manager to discuss any operational concerns that may have arisen, and to develop action plans for improvement. Foster an environment where any member of any role can ask clarifying questions, or contribute essential information.
Monthly: Consider planning standing get-togethers outside of work, so co-workers foster relationships as individuals rather than simply as co-workers.
As needed: Plan formal group de-brief sessions after challenging patient cases, for example, if a patient complication or complaint has occurred. Invite colleagues outside the clinic as needed, such as behavioral health colleagues to support mental health of team members, or clinical specialists that can provide continuing education in areas where clinic members may have knowledge gaps.
Early access pregnancy care requires thoughtful arrangement of clinical schedules. Unlike a traditional office schedule template, which often fills up weeks or months ahead of time, an ideal PEACE schedule requires both time and personnel availability within 1-5 business days. Having tried many versions of scheduling over the years, we present below our lessons learned and tried-and-true tactics for getting patients the access they need:
Initial consult appointments take 40-60 minutes; follow up appointments can often be fit into a 20 minute slot. However, appointment lengths can be much shorter or much longer than expected.
Junie is a 41 year old, newly pregnant, who experienced vaginal bleeding, received an early ultrasound diagnosing a pregnancy loss, and called PEACE to schedule an appointment. She expressed to the patient services representative that she wanted to proceed with management of her miscarriage but was unsure if she wanted a procedure or medical management. She was scheduled at PEACE into a 40-minute appointment slot in two business days. Once she arrived at her appointment, she mentioned to her clinician that she had vaginal bleeding the night before, and an ultrasound in the office showed that the miscarriage was complete. She was appreciative of the guidance and follow up and was able to leave the office within 20 minutes of seeing her provider.
Mariah is a 22 year old who had medical management of a miscarriage two weeks ago through PEACE and was coming for a follow up appointment. She was scheduled into a 20-minute follow-up slot. She mentioned to her clinician that her bleeding was still quite heavy and she was feeling fatigued. An ultrasound confirmed that she had retained products of conception and she and her provider decided together that a uterine aspiration would be most appropriate today. She also desired a contraceptive implant placement. Her visit, including counseling, ultrasound, procedure, Nexplanon insertion, and recovery took a total of 90 minutes.
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