Tag: Communication

Conversation-focused training may help HCWs combat vaccine hesitancy

Editor's Note The biggest obstacle to achieving 100% vaccination rate in the US is no longer whether vaccines will be manufactured fast enough, or if there will be enough for the country’s population, Lisa Doggett, senior medical director at HGS AxisPoint Health, told Health Leaders March 8. “Rather, it's concerns…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
March 9, 2022
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Survey: Impact of children’s mental health on the workforce

Editor's Note This national study titled, “The Great Collide: The impact of children’s mental health on the workforce,” by researchers at On Our Sleeves finds that the children’s mental health crisis brought to attention by the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a direct impact on parent’s work performance.…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 23, 2022
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Telehealth accounted for 8% of outpatient visits a year into pandemic

Editor's Note A new report published by KFF-Epic Research found that telehealth still represents a substantial share of healthcare delivery despite its use having decreased somewhat from the high seen at the start of the pandemic, the February 16 Healthcare Purchasing News reports. The research presents data from more than…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 17, 2022
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Patients rate telehealth physician visits favorably during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note This study by UCLA researchers finds patient experiences with telehealth physician appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic were as positive as traditional face-to-face visits and phone visits, or even more so. The researchers surveyed 58,509 adult patients on their 13,928 primary care and 44,581 specialty physician visits at 197…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2022
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Allan Sendaydiego: Answering the call to lead

What happens to you when you become a new manager? “You become a jack of all trades and master of none. You need to practice true collaboration and rely upon your team members,” says Allan Sendaydiego, BSN, RN, interim director for anesthesia and interventional radiology at Kaiser Permanente. In this…

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By: Ivy Montgomery
February 16, 2022
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Socioeconomic differences in telemedicine use for ambulatory surgical care during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that Black patients used telemedicine platforms more often than White patients for ambulatory surgical care during Phase 2 of COVID-19. During Phase 1 (March 24 through June 23), there were 347 in-person and 638 virtual…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2022
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Battle Buddies help healthcare workers with mental resilience

Having a “Battle Buddy” has helped US Army soldiers maintain resilience for years, and now the practice has been adopted to help healthcare workers at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis deal with COVID-19-related stress. A multidisciplinary team from the University of Minnesota’s department of anesthesiology and department…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 20, 2022
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Building a diverse workforce: Part 1

The call for a diverse workforce echoes in ORs across the US. Although most OR leaders want to answer the call, they struggle in an environment where OR staff, particularly nurses, are in high demand. OR Manager recently spoke with experts from leadership, human resources, and DEI (diversity, equity, and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 17, 2021
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Lay groundwork for strong 2022 with quick win in OR efficiency

The new year is just around the corner, and it will bring new challenges for OR leaders as well as fresh opportunities to improve clinical, financial, and operational performance. The typical surgery department is a “target-rich environment”: low utilization, long turnover times, inefficient charge capture, poor documentation, high supply costs,…

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By: Michael Besedick, MS and Kartik Bhatt, MPH
November 17, 2021
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Association between virtual care and healthcare utilization during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that the transition to incorporate virtual care into ambulatory healthcare during COVID-19 was not associated with an increased overall number of visits. The researchers identified 10,559,857 ambulatory visits by 1,530,772 patients at their large New…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 28, 2021
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