The Power of Film In EducationPosted: June 13, 2012
Like well-written books, movies can have a similar, long-lasting educational impact on caregivers. Hollywood writers and film producers have known this fact for years. When done well, movies arouse strong emotions and feelings on important issues creating learning opportunities not achieved with traditional teaching methodologies. When these learning opportunities are reinforced with reflective group discussions, the knowledge gained imprints in ways a PowerPoint presentation cannot.
One such film that connects the heart with the head and uses emotion and feelings to educate is “The Faces of Medical Error from Tears to Transparency…The Story of Lewis Blackman”. This award-winning patient safety film is being used around the world as a teaching tool to generate discussions on patient-centered care and team-based risk reduction remedies. Attendees at the recent Eighth Annual Telluride Patient Safety Educational Roundtable and Resident Summer Camp used the film to kick off this year’s meeting. The Roundtable brings together international patient safety leaders, patient advocates, educators, resident physicians and medical students to engage in conversations related to open, honest and professional communication between caregivers and patients/families related to unanticipated patient care outcomes.
Twenty residents attending the Roundtable this year (through scholarship funding support from COPIC and the Committee of Interns and Residents) shared how their current environments were aware of the need for open and honest communication, yet failed to provide the support when an opportunity to have that conversation with a patient actually arose. Paul Levy posted the following resident comments on his blog Not Running a Hospital:
A deep and honest discussion ensued among the residents, reflecting on their current clinical experiences. Here are some of the comments:
“In my place, people are still not telling the truth to patients and families.”
“I am finishing my residency now. For a few patients, I know that I made the error. Not always did the attending physician want to debrief the case with me.”
“M&M’s in my hospital have gotten lame. I know of many cases that did not come up on the M&M docket.”
“Calling the attending is still viewed as a sign of weakness.” They will say, ‘You are not able to independently manage the patient effectively.'”
All in all, a powerful morning, setting the stage and providing motivation for positive change and for attentiveness to the following events in the summer camp.”
We will not achieve the success we are striving for in patient safety unless transparency and education targeting open and honest communication is fully embraced in healthcare. Those interested in learning more about the discussions generated by the film at the Roundtable, please see http://runningahospital.blogspot.com/2012/06/telluride-patient-safety-camp-day-1.html and http://transparenthealth.wordpress.com/