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May 10th, 2017

Research looks to improve patient satisfaction, reduce costs by predicting surgery length

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Accurately predicting the length of an operation has benefits beyond simply informing patients and their families. Doing so means improved patient satisfaction and has the potential to prevent over- or under-utilization of operating rooms, which has significant implications on both resources and staff. Ultimately, that leads to improved quality of care for patients, improved well-being […]

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Tags: Dr. Bethany Lowndes, Dr. Cornelius Thiels, health care delivery, health sciences research fellow, Kern Center, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, population health, surgery


May 8th, 2017

When medical literature is sparse or not clear, where do doctors turn?

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Mayo research shows surgery adds years for kidney cancer patients It started with anecdotal evidence. Mayo Clinic urologist Bradley Leibovich, M.D., says he had long seen indications that surgically removing secondary tumor growths, called metastases, in patients with kidney cancer would result in a longer life expectancy. However, studies on the subject were not conclusive, […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Brad Leibovich, Dr. Harras Zaid, Dr. M. Hassan Murad, health care delivery, Kern Center, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, medical research, meta analysis, surgery


May 4th, 2017

Precision care for heart disease – a practical approach

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Article by Sharon Rosen Heart disease can sometimes be a silent killer. Many of us know seemingly healthy people who’ve suddenly or unexpectedly had a heart attack. It can be shocking when people who are at a a healthy weight and exercise regularly die from heart disease that they never knew they had. Many forms […]

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Tags: cardiovascular disease, CV, Dr. Iftikhar Kullo, Dr. Michael Ackerman, genetics, genomics, heart disease, Precision Medicine


April 27th, 2017

Developing new tests to find and defeat cancer at its earliest stages

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Mammography and other screening tools have made great strides in finding cancer early, when it is most likely to be successfully treated. However, some early-stage cancers are missed by conventional screening and are only detected when symptoms occur. Mayo Clinic and other research institutions are wondering: could a blood test complement current practice to improve […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Dr. Celine Vachon, Dr. Fergus Couch, Dr. Minetta Liu, Precision Medicine


April 20th, 2017

Economies of scale: volume in health care

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

The concept is simple, if you perform the same procedure over and over; day in and day out, you tend to do it better, quicker, and safer than your counterpart who has only done it a few times, or infrequently. It’s referred to in other lines of work as “economies of scale.” The application of […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Jeff Karnes, Kern Center, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Meghan Knoedler, outcomes, quality, Ron GO, Sean Dowdy, volume


April 18th, 2017

Attack the Gap–New Immunotherapy May Help the Body Fight Ovarian Cancer

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

It was only when Kathi Schroeder took to the bone-chilling streets of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on her bike last January that she noticed something was not right. “I was having trouble breathing; just taking a deep breath was difficult,” she remembers. Kathi went to her local doctor’s office and was prescribed a round of antibiotics […]

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Tags: cancer vaccine, clinical trials, Dr. Matthew Block, Kathi Schroeder, ovarian cancer, TH17


April 7th, 2017

The value in second opinions

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

One of the reasons patients come to Mayo Clinic is to obtain a second opinion. This can be lifesaving. In a recent research publication, Extent of diagnostic agreement among medical referrals, a Mayo Clinic physician-scientist team showed that for a group of 286 patients referred from primary care providers to Mayo Clinic’s General Internal Medicine […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, diagnostic error, James Naessens, National Academy of Medicine, Robert Lohr, second opinion, Thomas Beckman


March 30th, 2017

Understanding more–Heart failure patients and skilled nursing facilities

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

For many people diagnosed with heart failure – which almost invariably results in a hospital stay – the next stop is a skilled nursing facility. While their physician  often will reassure them that it’s just for a short time until they can get back to their home, in reality, that stay is long (averaging 144 […]

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Tags: Dr. Veronique Roger, heart failure, Kern Center, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, medical research, REP, Rochester Epidemiology Project, Science of health care delivery, Sheila Manemann, skilled nursing facility


March 14th, 2017

Exploration of six alternatives nets policy that cuts surgical delay and overtime

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Study finds one strategy decreases overtime by 52 percent with same access for patients A few years back, the Mayo Clinic Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery approached Mayo scientists with a problem: a backlog of patients waiting for surgery. They wanted the scientists, in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, doctor burnout, health care delivery, health care systems engineering, Kern Center, Mayo Clinic research, medical research, patient access


March 9th, 2017

Researchers study benefits of stretching ‘microbreaks’ for surgeons

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Many surgeons spend prolonged periods in awkward positions, which increases safety concerns for patients, and can lead to long term medical ailments and burnout for doctors. So Mayo Clinic researchers have a team of surgeons performing “microbreaks” of 90 seconds or two minutes of stretching every 20 to 40 minutes. The result for many surgeons […]

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Tags: doctor burnout, health care delivery, Mayo Clinic research, medical research, population health, surgical outcomes


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