Susan E. Mazer, Ph.D. Blog

Thoughts and ideas on healthcare

Hi, and welcome to my blog! I’m Susan E. Mazer — a knowledge expert and thought leader on how the environment of care impacts the patient experience. Topics I write about include safety, satisfaction, hospital noise, nursing, care at the bedside, and much more. Subscribe below to get email notices so you won’t miss any great content.

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What if The Patient Experience Had Neither a Start or End Date?

October 12, 2018

I recently read a blog from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement titled, Trying to Improve Patient Experience? Don’t Chase “Random Acts of Goodness”. The article inspired me to think about why the Patient Experience (PX) initiatives have required “buy-in” from employees. My assumption has long been that for those who choose to work at a hospital in any

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  • When Pain is Pain

    September 21, 2018

    Pain teaches us what it is very early on in life. We learn that if we hurt, we get a kiss, or something extraordinary from someone bigger than we are, telling us “now, it doesn’t hurt any more, right?” However, sometimes we learn differently and suddenly and unforgettably. When I was a child, I had

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  • Pain Management: What Do We Do When We Run Out of Opioids?

    June 29, 2018

    Now that production of injectable opioids in the U.S. has stalled because of manufacturing problems and a regulatory limit that cut production by more than 25%, clinicians at hospitals are under even more pressure to find alternatives for pain management. Covered alternatives to opioids, however, may be hard to find. According to a recent study

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  • Nurses Caring in Crisis and Conflict: We Celebrate You, And All Nurses

    May 11, 2018

    The professionalism and dedication of nursing began in times of war.  Florence Nightingale and her team of 35 nurses confronted a 42% mortality rate in the Crimea in the 1800s. They saved lives and struggled to change a conservative medical system.  Their work reduced the mortality rate to 2%. In keeping with that tradition, today’s

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  • PX2018: The State of the Human Experience in Healthcare

    April 27, 2018

    The Patient Experience Movement is, indeed, a movement in motion. At the Beryl Institute PX2018 Conference in Chicago last week, I met more professionals invested more in the humanity of their patients than those who focus solely on the patient diagnosis and its financial implications. There was some talk about patient satisfaction but this took

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  • We Need More Than Policies and Procedures To Improve the Patient Experience

    April 12, 2018

    It is understandable that the healthcare industry seeks to organize the patient experience by using policies and procedures that support the goals of providing optimal care for patients and families. Clearly, this effort makes the patient experience more predictable and easier to manage. Patients Can Only Tolerate So Many Organizational Demands Policies and procedures are

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  • What Happens When Patient Pain is Dismissed and Under-Treated?

    April 6, 2018

    This month, at the Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference in Chicago, I was speaking about pain management and the patient experience. In the past 15 months, I’ve been researching the long history of patient pain as it has driven both medical and nursing practice, exploring the patterns of understanding and treatment that have resulted in

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  • Reducing Disquiet at Night Requires More than White Noise

    March 23, 2018

    Anxiety grows in the dark. Apprehension writes full stories of an uneasy future in the middle of the night. Sleep is elusive when subjected to medications, high level of acuity, strange sounds and strange people. So, can there be any “quiet at night?” Disquiet is its opposite, but not caused by external events.  Rather, disquiet

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  • Patient experience, conscience

    Ethos, Conscience, and The Patient Experience

    March 9, 2018

    It’s possible to argue that these three concepts have little in common. On the other hand, they are so blended that healthcare providers cannot excel without considering all of them. I have long written and spoken that providing a therapeutic environment — one that addresses both medical and non-medical needs of patients and families, is

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  • Social and health inequalities and the patient experience

    How Social and Health Inequities Impact the Patient Experience

    March 2, 2018

    When I recently called my dermatologist to make an annual appointment, the first question I was asked was about my insurance. When I went in for a colonoscopy, before anything else, I had to produce my insurance card. In fact, not one healthcare treatment in the U.S. is provided without an insurance card. There are exceptions,

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  • Like Politics, The Patient Experience is Local

    February 23, 2018

    “All politics are local.” This saying is often used to reinforce community participation and civic activism. The same is true for the patient experience.  It’s all local. It is where the patient is; it is the patient’s mind and body; it is in the patient’s line of sight and field of interest, and it is everything

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