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Supporting the Workforce

Good Design Promotes Engagement for All

Patient engagement relies on having a robust healthcare workforce — sufficient numbers of clinicians and staff members supported by organizations and society and provided with the training, equipment and environments they need to do their best work. Current challenges — burnout, understaffing, and other ongoing stresses made worse by the pandemic — are sapping the […]

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Susan Carr Susan Carr is a medical editor and writer specializing in patient safety and engagement. In addition to curating the EngagingPatients blog, she produces publications for the Betsy Lehman Center in Boston and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Susan lives and works in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

Susan Carr has 169 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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Engaging the Public

U.S. Surgeon General Asks Everyone to Help Support Healthcare Workers

Concern for the mental and physical well-being of people who work in healthcare predates the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and has perhaps come to a head this summer. Although fewer COVID-19 patients need acute-level care than earlier in the pandemic, hospitals remain full and most are understaffed. The effects of long-term disruption and uncertainty are widespread. The […]

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Susan Carr Susan Carr is a medical editor and writer specializing in patient safety and engagement. In addition to curating the EngagingPatients blog, she produces publications for the Betsy Lehman Center in Boston and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Susan lives and works in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

Susan Carr has 169 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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Patient Engagement

We’re pushing healthcare workers to the limit. What can patients do to help?

It’s clear that many healthcare workers are feeling worn out, burned out, anxious and even angry. There is good reporting about the problem, which includes a critical shortage of nurses, and some organizations offer programs designed to help address the symptoms. But in the short term, there is very little that can be done to […]

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Susan Carr Susan Carr is a medical editor and writer specializing in patient safety and engagement. In addition to curating the EngagingPatients blog, she produces publications for the Betsy Lehman Center in Boston and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Susan lives and works in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

Susan Carr has 169 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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Price of Engagement

Patient Advocates Get Burned Out, Too

 “I get tired. I get overwhelmed. I get discouraged. I get disengaged. I get disheartened.”* I recently stumbled onto a series of posts online written by dedicated, accomplished patient advocates (including the one quoted above) describing their frustrations and, in some cases, their withdrawal from activism. In today’s shorthand, we’d say they’re suffering from burnout. […]

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Susan Carr Susan Carr is a medical editor and writer specializing in patient safety and engagement. In addition to curating the EngagingPatients blog, she produces publications for the Betsy Lehman Center in Boston and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Susan lives and works in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

Susan Carr has 169 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

Check out my: Twitter