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Patient and Family Advisory Councils

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    The Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) at Dana-Farber include patients, family members, and staff. There are separate councils for adult care (Patient and Family Advisory Council, or PFAC) and pediatric care (Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council, or PPFAC).

    Both councils represent Dana-Farber's commitment to patient- and family-centered care by including the following core principles in all discussions and projects:

    • Dignity and respect
    • Information sharing
    • Participation
    • Collaboration
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    When Dana-Farber began planning the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, our patients and families were involved in many important decisions about design, floor plan layout, and workflow. Their knowledge meant they had invaluable insight into the experience of going through cancer treatment. Here, some of our patients and caregivers explain how they helped create a warm, healing environment for people with cancer.

  • Learn more about the Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC).

    Learn more about the Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council (PPFAC).

    Our mission

    Both our adult and our pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Councils share a single, ongoing mission:

    • To help disseminate information and implement services that affect our patients and their families
    • To support patients and their families becoming informed advocates for their own care
    • To offer a patient and family voice
    • To initiate ideas for policies, programs, projects, and services within the patient care environment
    • To provide ongoing opportunities to hear the voices, experiences, and perspectives of patients and their families