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This video describes the Tele-Presence 5 practices. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the traditional clinic visit for patients and health care providers around the world. Health care systems are rapidly scaling up telemedicine to reduce risk of infection and protect providers and patients. While these virtual interactions offer critical services, the technology can generate a barrier to the human connection that is central to clinical care.
The Stanford Presence Center, launched in 2015 by Dr Abraham Verghese, is dedicated to the art and science of human connection. A central mission is to foster research, dialogue, and multidisciplinary collaboration to champion the human experience in medicine, and to produce measurable and meaningful change in health care.
Earlier this year, the Presence 5 team published evidence-based practices to help clinicians foster humanism during clinical encounters. In response to the challenges imposed by COVID-19, the team has now adapted the original Presence 5 practices for telemedicine.
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Social Science Research Coordinator
Megha Shankar, MD
VA Health Services Research and Development Fellow
Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i)
Stanford University Center for Health Policy
Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
Stanford University School of Medicine
Sonoo Thadaney Israni, MBA
Executive Director, Presence and Program in Bedside Medicine
Abraham C. Verghese, MD
Director, Presence. The Art & Science of Human Connection
Linda R. Meler and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine
Donna M Zulman, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Primary Care and Population Health, Stanford University School of Medicine
Investigator, Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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