Dedication of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup

Jeffrey Silver

Jeffrey Silver

With warm hearts, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation announces the dedication of our monthly Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup to the memory of Jeffrey Silver, the beloved son of Drs. Arnold and Sandra Gold and Dr. Howard and Jayne Silver. This monthly newsletter features a selection of the most significant recent studies about topics related to humanism in healthcare.

Jeffrey Silver was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, relative and friend.  As a toddler, he had surgery for a brain tumor. Doctors predicted that he would never learn to read, but despite some learning issues, Jeffrey not only learned to read, he went on to graduate from Syracuse University. He is remembered by all as someone whose life was devoted to doing good for others. He often went out of his way to help family and friends.

Throughout his life, Jeffrey had a deep appreciation for health professionals who practiced with compassion.

“Jeffrey would be so pleased with this dedication which will help to spread the word about the critical need for humanistic patient care in achieving optimal health outcomes,” said Sandra Gold. “We are grateful for the many family members and friends who generously supported the Jeffrey Silver Memorial Fund to Improve Patient Care at the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.”

The Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup began in the summer of 2013 and has grown in subscribers over the past three years. The dedication of this resource to Jeffrey Silver will allow the Foundation to further the newsletter’s original goal: to serve as a vehicle to disseminate scientific knowledge about the importance of demonstrating humanism within the profession of medicine and how doing so results in improved patient care.

To create the newsletter each month, the Foundation’s health science librarian, Brandy King, combs through tables of contents from a dozen academic publications; studies published by over 200 researchers connected to the Foundation; and research on topics such as physician-patient relations, empathy training, and the well-being of health professionals. Ms. King summarizes several of the most significant recent studies and highlights those supported by the Foundation or conducted by the Foundation’s grantees.

“The topic of humanism in healthcare is broad and multifaceted, and there is new evidence every month that treating patients compassionately helps to achieve the Quadruple Aim of healthcare: to improve patient experience of care, to improve health, to reduce cost and to improve the work life of health care providers,” says Ms. King. “I am so grateful to the Gold family for supporting the effort to disseminate this evidence more widely.”

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