Tag Archives: COVID-19

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 4 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.

Susan Carr has 137 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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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.

Susan Carr has 137 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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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 137 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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COVID-19

Engaged Patients Playing Catch-Up with Delayed Care

Editor’s note: The article below, first published by Kaiser Health News, reports on the effect of delays in medical care caused by the pandemic during the past year. That effect garnered immediate concern from many quarters last spring. I reported on it here in late May 2020, and, in hindsight, am taken aback to see how I failed […]

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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 137 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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Patient Safety

Pandemic prolongs ED boarding for young behavioral health patients

Editor’s note: This post first appeared in Patient Safety Beat, the digital newsletter of the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety. The pandemic has complicated efforts to eliminate prolonged stays in the emergency department (ED), especially for children and adolescents in need of inpatient mental health care. A recent survey from the Massachusetts College of […]

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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 137 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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COVID-19

‘Cruel’ Digital Race For Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind

Editor’s note: The vaccine rollout in the United States is a vivid example of the uphill battle patients and their families often face dealing with the health care system. The stories vary, but in many places, including my home state of Massachusetts, the older age group that became eligible for COVID-19 vaccination after healthcare workers […]

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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 137 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

Check out my: Twitter


COVID-19

Going Door to Door in Little Havana to Build Trust in Testing, Vaccination

Little Havana is a neighborhood in Miami that, until the pandemic, was known for its active street life along Calle Ocho, including live music venues, ventanitas serving Cuban coffee and a historic park where men gather to play dominoes. But during the pandemic, a group called Healthy Little Havana is zeroing in on this area with […]

Encore Presentation

Leveraging a Bilingual Clinical Workforce for COVID-19 Care

Editor’s note: Dr. Joseph Betancourt, who led the effort described below, frequently uses social media and presentations to to convey what he observes and has learned about the overlapping pandemics of health disparities and COVID-19. In addition to the article below, interested readers will find many offerings that feature Dr. Betancourt on YouTube, including “Structural […]

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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 137 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

Check out my: Twitter


Engaged Patient

COVID-19 Patient Credits Palliative Care for Her Successful Recovery

Bobye List is an inspiring exception to the heavy, often deadly, toll the pandemic has taken among older adults. At 78 years old, List was able to successfully manage a serious case of COVID-19 at home, where she lives alone, and has chosen to share her compelling story in a blog post and video for […]

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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 137 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

Check out my: Twitter