For Health Professionals

Schwartz Center Rounds

Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center hosts Schwartz Center Rounds—unique, multidisciplinary sessions in which hospital staff explore the emotional side of caregiving.

A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds is funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate health care.

In a typical Rounds session, a panel of caregivers presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues. Topics have included:

  • Delivering bad news.
  • When religious or spiritual beliefs conflict with medical advice.
  • Taking care of a colleague.
  • Losing a patient.

Hospital staff then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the day’s topic. Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff.

A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally, enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families, improve communication among caregivers, and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress.

For the Schwartz Center Rounds schedule, call 302-623-4513.