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April 12th, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Head Start for HPV Vaccine: Better Series Completion

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), with about 14 million new cases each year. Surprisingly, this STD is largely asymptomatic but can carry quite a punch.  HPV affects both men and women and can cause cervical cancer and other cancers of the genitals, anus, mouth, and throat, all of […]

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Tags: HPV, Human Papillomavirus, Jennifer St Sauver, kern center, Lila Finney Rutten, REP, Robert Jacobson, Rochester Epidemiology Project, Science of health care delivery


March 31st, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Although Prostate-specific Antigen Screenings Now Result in Fewer Biopsies, Relative Risk of Complications has Increased

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

While absolute rates of biopsy and post-biopsy complications have decreased following several benchmark prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening publications, the relative risk for each patient continues to increase, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The study is the largest to examine the impact of PSA screening trials and revised PSA screening guidelines on rates […]

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Tags: Boris Gershman, Choose Wisely, Jeffrey Karnes, kern center, OtumLabs, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer biopsy, prostate-specific antigen PSA, Science of health care delivery


March 15th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

New Treatment-Sequencing Based on Biomarker Elevation in Pancreatic Cancer

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in men and women and is projected to increase to the second leading cause of death by 2020 if there are not significant treatment advances made. Our current understanding of pancreatic cancer suggests that it is a systemic disease in most patients, meaning, that by the time of […]

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Tags: biomarkers, Elizabeth Habermann, kern center, Mark Truty, pancreatic cancer, treatment-sequencing, John Jay Bergquist


March 3rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Changes in Medical Education: Shifting Doctors’ Attitudes in Medicine

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

Medical school training and admissions are going through many changes.  The medical school entrance exam (Medical College Admission Test or MCAT) is one of the notable changes.   For many years, the test focused on objective knowledge based on general chemistry and stoichiometry, organic chemistry. The test made a drastic change in 2015 decreasing the questions […]

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Tags: Brian Lynch, kern center, Kern Scholars, Mayo Medical School, obesity, population health, Sean Phelan, unconscious bias


February 23rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Taking the First Step – Tracking Discharge Delays

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

The national conversation continues to revolve around health care and improvements in health care delivery, and often focuses on finding ways to add value and reduce cost. At Mayo Clinic, we too seek to enhance health and the way patients experience health care. Nurses are at the front line of patient care, and positioned such, […]

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Tags: Diane Holland, discharge delays, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, nursing, nursing research, redcap, Science of health care delivery


January 5th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Did your patient have cardiac ablation? Don’t stop the anticoagulant!

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Peter Noseworthy, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic, and a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. ________________________________________________________________________ As a cardiac electrophysiologist, I am interested in helping to improve health and quality of life for my patients […]

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Tags: anticoagulant, atrial fibrillation, Optum Labs, OptumLabs, Peter Noseworthy, stroke


December 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Minimally Invasive Surgery – Same Results, Less Complications, Disparity in Application

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Researchers find disturbing patterns of underuse for endometrial cancer patients. Surgeons should use minimally invasive surgery to perform hysterectomy in women with non-metastatic endometrial cancer instead of the more risky open abdominal option. So why aren’t they? This is the question that a collaborative team comprised of researchers from Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and the […]

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Tags: endometrial cancer, hysterectomy, kern center, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, minimally invasive surgery, MIS, quality measures, Science of health care delivery, Sean Dowdy, uterine cancer


December 8th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Healthcare Cost Concerns? Overtesting is part of the problem

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

It’s not a new conversation – if you thought back over the last few weeks, you probably could remember at least one healthcare-related chat. Almost as likely, that conversation will have included mention of the cost, time, or other burden that you, or someone you know, have experienced. The cost of healthcare continues to rise. […]

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Tags: Choosing Wisely, healthcare costs, kern center, Optum Labs, OptumLabs, overtesting, Rozalina McCoy, Science of health care delivery, Type 2 diabetes


November 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Halting the Cycle

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Mayo Clinic is Re-Engineering Mental Health Care Delivery An estimated 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental health condition, reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over 24 million of them failed to receive treatment in 2013, and of those who sought treatment, they found a health care system […]

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Tags: Behavioral Health, emergency department, Kal Pasupathy, kern center, mental illness, Ronna Campbell, systems engineering, Thomas Hellmich


November 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Building the Evidence Base in Health Care Delivery — Underutilization of Inexpensive Test Could Have Dire Consequences

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

CA 19-9 tumor marker test especially important for early-stage patients, Mayo finds Only 1 in 5 U.S. pancreatic cancer patients receive a widely available, inexpensive blood test at diagnosis that can help predict whether they are likely to have a better or worse outcome than average and guide treatment accordingly, a Mayo Clinic study shows. […]

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Tags: Carlos Puig, Christopher Shubert, David Nagorney, Elizabeth Habermann, John Bergquist, kern center, Mark Truty, Michael Farnell, Michael Kendrick, pancreatic cancer, Rory Smoot, Ryan Groeschl, underutilization