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March 9, 2017

Researchers study benefits of stretching ‘microbreaks’ for surgeons

By Adam Harringa

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 was pain reduction, especially in the shoulders and neck, and 87 percent of those surveyed said they were interested in adding microbreaks to their routine, according to a study published in February in the Annals of Surgery.

Find out more about the study in Medscape, and look for more on this subject as Mayo researchers test a web-based app that guides surgeons through the stretching breaks. Researchers hope the app can be implemented in operating rooms at other Mayo sites and beyond.

The research was led by scientists in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Tags: Findings, Innovations, population health, surgical outcomes

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