Tag Archives: COVID-19

Telemedicine

Novel Measure of Socioeconomic Status Yields Surprising Results in Telemedicine Study

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic became apparent in March 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services waived existing restrictions on telemedicine services. That expansion of coverage created an opportunity to study changes in usage patterns before and after services suddenly became available to a large population. Authors of one such study published […]

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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.

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Family Engagement

Dr. Tejal Gandhi on Rethinking Visitation Policies From a Safety Perspective

This interview was first published February 17, 2022, in Patient Safety Beat, where it includes a brief video. Patient Safety Beat is the digital newsletter of the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety.  Tejal Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H., has been a leader in patient and workforce safety for more than 20 years. With experience as an internist, researcher, teacher and hospital executive, Dr. […]

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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.

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Community Engagement

Hispanic Community Cares for Each Other with Covid Precautions

On a snowy January morning, Luis Portillo stood in line on the side of a busy road in Silver Spring, Maryland — a suburb just north of Washington, D.C. — with about 200 other people, waiting for his turn to get tested for covid-19 at Mary’s Center, a federally qualified health center. Portillo, a 65-year-old […]

Family Engagement

Using High Reliability to Ensure Safe and Fair Visitation Policies

Health care organizations have struggled to craft effective visitation or “family presence” policies since the first days of the pandemic, when most barred nearly all visitors. That was understandable at the time. Now, two years later, family presence is often still restricted, especially when hospitals are stretched beyond capacity. In a recent essay, Tejal Gandhi, […]

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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.

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Patient Engagement

Let’s Talk About What Constitutes an “Emergency”

The news reports are telling us lately that people are calling 911 when its not an emergency and tying up the emergency response teams who are needed for “real” emergencies. But what is an emergency?  Don’t assume people know this. It is part of the disconnect between patient care and patient safety. In 2010 I […]

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Ilene Corina is president and founder of the Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education and Advocacy. Corina has served on the board of organizations including The Joint Commission and the National Patient Safety Foundation and has won numerous awards for her work as an educator and advocate. Corina is the author of "Rants of a Patient Safety Advocate: Stories from the Bedside." Learn more about Corina and her work at www.icorina.com.

Ilene Corina, BCPA has 6 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org


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.

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Engaging in the World

Restoring a Sense of Belonging: The Unsung Importance of Casual Relationships

Editor’s note: The relevance of superficial, temporary, random social connections to patient engagement may at first seem like a stretch. But all it took was a glance at the title and subtitle  to trigger memories of visiting my father in assisted living, rehab and memory care communities. Taking the time and care to exchange greetings […]

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Judith Graham Judith Graham writes the Navigating Aging series for Kaiser Health News, which focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system. To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, click here.

Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News has 6 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org


Family Engagement

Facilities Assess Visitation Policies as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

Editor’s note: This update on the current state of visitation restrictions in Massachusetts was first published May 26, 2021, in Patient Safety Beat, digital newsletter of the Betsy Lehman Center. Health care facilities in Massachusetts are beginning to ease a series of unprecedented visitation restrictions in place since early 2020. They are now taking stock […]

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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.

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Care Partners

New Issue of PXJ Offers Research and Reflections on COVID “No Visit” Policies

The latest issue of the Patient Experience Journal, with 21 articles by authors from around the world, is now available online. PXJ is a peer-reviewed, open-access digital journal published in association with The Beryl Institute. The current issue includes two articles about the effect of restrictive “no visit” policies used by hospitals and other care […]

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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.

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COVID-19

Understanding Trends in Care Disrupted by the Pandemic

I’ve been following the continuing impact of gaps or delays in patient care due to the pandemic, so I was interested to see research on this topic (paywall). The study is an early look at the demographics of those affected by involuntary delays in care — people who had to delay, reschedule or cancel medical […]

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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 174 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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