Tag: Patient Satisfaction

The Joint Commission: New R3 Report on reducing healthcare disparities

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 22 announced a new “R3 Report—Issue 36: New Requirements to Reduce Health Care Disparities,” which examines the rationale and references behind new and revised requirements to reduce healthcare disparities in accredited organizations, effective January 1, 2023. Among the new and revised requirements: A…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 23, 2022
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The Joint Commission, AHA launch Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association, on April 20, announced the launch of a Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program, which recognizes hospitals providing care to the most complex and critically ill patients. To be certified, hospitals must provide 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week on-site coverage for primary percutaneous…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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Rates of COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated adults with prior COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of Chicago finds that unvaccinated adults with prior COVID-19 infection had an 85% lower risk of acquiring COVID-19 again than unvaccinated adults without prior COVID-19. The researchers analyzed data from patients tested for COVID-19 at 1,300 sites of care in 6 western states…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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Effect of music interventions on health-related quality of life

Editor's Note In this meta-analysis, researchers from Germany and Australia find that music-making and listening interventions are associated with positive changes in health-related quality of life. The systematic review and meta-analysis included 779 participants from 26 studies. Music interventions (ie, music listening, music therapy, singing, and gospel music) were linked…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 29, 2022
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Racial disparities in COVID-19 outcomes of cancer patients

Editor's Note This multi-center study by cancer centers across the US finds that having cancer and COVID-19 is associated with worse outcomes in Black patients compared with White patients. Of 3,506 patients included in the analysis, 1,068 (30%) were Black and 2,438 (70%) were White. At the time of COVID-19…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 28, 2022
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Effect of perioperative fall prevention intervention on postop falls, quality of life

Editor's Note This study from Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, finds that a multicomponent safety intervention, consisting of patient education, home medication review, and hazard identification in the home environment, was not associated with reductions in falls during the first year after an elective inpatient surgical procedure, but…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 14, 2022
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Survey: Concerns older adults have when considering elective surgery

Editor's Note New findings from the University of Michigan's "National Poll on Healthy Aging" show that while most adults between the ages of 50 and 80 express concerns when opting to have elective surgery, 2 in 3 are “very satisfied with the outcome” post-procedure, according to a March 9 American…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
March 10, 2022
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10-year outcomes of off-pump vs on-pump CABG in Department of Veterans Affairs patients

Editor's Note This multi-center, randomized, clinical trial that compares on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with off-pump CABG finds no advantage for off-pump CABG. A total of 2,203 veterans were randomly assigned to off-pump (1,104) or on-pump (1,099) CABG procedures at 18 VA medical centers, and the veterans were then…

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By: Judy Mathias
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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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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