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June 4, 2019

Research News Roundup-May 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research- and research education-related news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to additional resources of relevance. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Mayo experts to present findings at Digestive Disease Week 2019 Mayo Clinic researchers are among […]

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Tags: arthritis, autoimmune disorder, breast cancer, clinical trials, Cornelius Thiels, gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, minimally invasive surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, opioids


January 9, 2019

Why doctors might need to go back to 6th grade

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

When you leave the hospital, following an injury, stroke, surgery or other event, you are loaded down with paper. You receive instructions on how to take care of your body. They tell you how to prepare your home and your family. Other pages include directions on what medication to take, when and how. For example, […]

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Tags: Asad Choudhry, care transitions, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Martin Zielinski, surgical outcomes


August 3, 2017

Mayo researchers seek to manage pain while minimizing opioid prescriptions

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

For decades, the emphasis nationwide for treating surgical patients was to prescribe enough opioid pain medication to ensure they didn’t have any pain. But health care providers are realizing it’s a balancing act between managing pain and ensuring patients aren’t overprescribed.

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cornelius Thiels, Elizabeth Habermann, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, opioids, Robert Cima, surgery, surgical outcomes, Tad Mabry


March 9, 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: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, health care systems engineering, physician burnout, population health, surgery, surgical outcomes


July 5, 2016

The July Phenomenon

By Meghan Knoedler meghanknoedler

“Never go to the hospital in July,” a phrase often repeated by patients; and perpetuated by a myriad of hospital employees, casts a worrisome tone over care received in July. Thus we hear of the “July Phenomenon.” This is because each July 1 is the start of the medical residency year. A day full of […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cornelius Thiels, education, patient experience, surgical outcomes


March 15, 2016

New Treatment-Sequencing Based on Biomarker Elevation in Pancreatic Cancer

By Meghan Knoedler 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, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Elizabeth Habermann, John (Jay) Bergquist, Mark Truty, pancreatic cancer, surgery, surgical outcomes


November 10, 2015

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

By Elizabeth Zimmermann 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, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Christopher Shubert, David Nagorney, Elizabeth Habermann, John (Jay) Bergquist, Mark Truty, Michael Farnell, Michael Kendrick, pancreatic cancer, Rory Smoot, Ryan Groeschl


October 27, 2015

A Better Road to Recovery?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Going Fully Under May Not Be Best Option for All Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeries In this article, Rebecca Johnson, M.D., a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery discusses her observations regarding what could be a pivotal decision […]

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Tags: anesthesiology, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars, Rebecca Johnson, surgery, surgical outcomes


October 20, 2015

What others are saying…Mayo Clinic and value-based care

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

A collaborative study co-led by breast surgeon Judy Boughey, M.D.; surgical outcomes researcher Elizabeth Habermann, Ph.D.; and pathologist Gary Keeney, M.D.; that was published more than a year ago, is making news again this month. Impact of analysis of frozen-section margin on reoperation rates in women undergoing lumpectomy for breast cancer: Evaluation of the National […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Elizabeth Habermann, surgical outcomes


June 9, 2015

Surgical Outcomes – A Focus Area for Continuous Improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

“A surgical procedure should be planned so that the patient, with the least possible risk and loss of time, will receive the greatest possible benefit.” -Dr. Charlie Mayo, 1930. The field of Surgical Outcomes Research is often traced back to Dr. Ernest Codman, who self-published A Study of Hospital Efficiency: As Demonstrated by the Case Report […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Elizabeth Habermann, surgical outcomes


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