Conference Reports: Haripriya Sathyanarayanan on Patient-Centered Care

13 Jun, 2022

Conference Reports: Haripriya Sathyanarayanan on Patient-Centered Care

We're so pleased to have been able to support our amazing students this year in sharing their incredible research at the leading conferences in their field. Below Haripriya Sathyanarayanan shares her experience at the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care.

The Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care (held from May 22 — May 24, 2022) is a healthcare conference on person-centered care where healthcare professionals and patient and family advocates share the latest information on the patient and family experience. The conference was held in Anaheim, CA this year and I was able to participate in-person and present a poster on my research.

The conference included timely topics under three tracks: 1-“Restoring Ourselves (Care for the Caregiver”, 2-“Rebuilding Trust and Engagement” and 3-”Creating a Healthier, Fairer, More Caring World”. My poster, “Supportive Pediatric Healthcare Built Environment: Value of Co-Design” was part of Track 3 and was very well received. The poster describes my research framework along with findings from the qualitative phase of my research. The presentation drew a lot of interest from hospital owners and care providers being the only one addressing design of the physical environment for better experience and health outcomes.

I attended all the sessions in the Track 3 that was more focused on design and had the opportunity to interact with other presenters from healthcare architectural design and research. It was a pleasant surprise meeting fellow architects at the conference and the number of presentations that touched upon the built environment, the value of co-design and need to involve patients and families in the design process in different ways. The conference included some captivating and inspiring keynote speeches by doctors and patients on their experiences in the healthcare care environment. The conference also provided valuable insights on professional certifications in this domain. I particularly enjoyed the session “Redesigning the Patient Experience” and designing with empathy through experience mapping, and the opportunity to have extensive conversations with many of these researchers. I had the opportunity to participate and network with the new pediatric special interest community, a group I plan to be a part of moving forward for potential future collaborations.