Website spotlight: Strategies for increasing physician engagement

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 28, 2012

In the quest to meet Joint Commission standards, it is very helpful to have a highly engaged medical staff. While usually not employed by the hospital, the medical staff is key to the hospital's success in meeting many of the Joint Commission standards. But how does a healthcare facility get physicians to care about the success of a hospital?

There are some strategies that a hospital can utilize to increase the collaboration and level of participation of the medical staff. Some hospitals have tried forcing the issue through requiring attendance at all meetings, and making in-services and workshops mandatory. But does this really engage the medical staff? Or does it create resentment?

This article will focus on positive strategies to help a hospital create a collaborative, supportive, and symbiotic relationship with the medical staff. As Henry Ford said, "Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success."

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