PCOR-ICU Collaborative

​The Society of Critical Care Medicine has launched a new collaborative aimed at helping hospitals implement patient and family engagement programs.

A total of 63 ICU teams are participating in the PCOR-ICU Collaborative: Improving Care for Critically Ill Patients and Families Through Research Dissemination and Implementation. This program is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (2626-SCCM).
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 About PCOR-ICU Collaborative


​​Led by SCCM Executive Committee members Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FAAN, FCCM, and Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM, the PCOR-ICU Collaborative brought together ICU teams to implement patient- and family-centered care initiatives.

The teams are participated in a 10 month collaborative to implement a patient and family engagement initiative focusing on one of the following initiatives:

  • Integrating patient and family participation in rounds (patient- and family-centered rounds)
  • Integrating structured patient and family care conferences to mutually establish the goals of care
  • Disseminating information and providing support to families about ways to assist with the care of their loved one
  • Implementing open visitation (non-restricted ICU hours)
  • Facilitating the use of patient and family ICU diaries
  • Implementing integrative therapies, such as music or pets, in the ICU setting
  • Forming or enhancing an effective patient and family advisory group
  • Other project of the team’s choice relevant to patient- and family-centered care

The learning collaborative integrated SCCM e-learning resources (including webinars, podcasts, and a collaborative eCommunity) to facilitate implementation of a PCOR-based initiative at each institution. Data was being collected on family satisfaction and on clinician perceptions of the ICU environment and patient and family focused care, along with project-specific metrics.

The collaborative was enhanced by the involvement of a nine-member patient- and family- advisory group. The project results are being disseminated widely via publications, presentations, sessions at the annual SCCM Congress, and through SCCM’s website and social media presence.

“This project was selected for Engagement Award funding not only for its commitment to engaging patients and other stakeholders, but also for its potential to increase the usefulness and trustworthiness of the information we produce and facilitate its dissemination and uptake,” said Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “We look forward to following the project’s progress and working with the Society of Critical Care Medicine to share the results.”

The Collaborative learning approach mirrors other successful initiatives facilitated by the Society, such as the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and ICU Liberation collaboratives. Both collaboratives pulled together ICU teams from across the United States to implement patient care initiatives by sharing resources, collecting data and learning from the experiences of others.


 About PCORI

​The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.


Dr. Kleinpell serves on the SCCM Executive Committee. She serves as Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Kleinpell is an accomplished nursing researcher and quality expert. She served as principal investigator for SCCM's Project Dispatch, an AHRQ funded initiative promoting dissemination of patent-centered outcomes research.

Dr. Zimmerman serves on the SCCM Executive Committee. He works as an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and also Professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman is co-leading the groundbreaking pediatric ICU Liberation improvement collaborative through SCCM which includes 9 pediatric centers, as well as 68 adult centers in the United States. Dr. Zimmerman has interests in quality and translational research.