Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Preconference Tidbit #13 -- Laughter

by Paul Uhlig

Tonight's Tidbit is easy and short! It is simply this -- if you want to know if collaborative care is working, all you have to do is listen for laughter from the patient, family members, and other care team members on rounds. It is an unmistakable marker.

It may seem surprising at first that there would be laughter during something as serious as caring for a patient in the ICU. But joyful, comfortable laughter is something you hear very often with collaborative care. It is a reflection of the human connections that form, and the comfort people share together.

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