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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    Why the Patient Experience Matters:
    My Story with UMC

    April 26, 2021

    Guest blog written by Adam Carpenter Something BIG is happening at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC)! They decided to change their philosophy and practice surrounding patient-centered care. I’m going to share their story with you, but first I’d like to share my own experience as a patient. If you’ve ever gone through

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    The Patient Experience: How to Set the Stage for Recovery

    April 16, 2021

    Let’s talk about the patient experience! The movement is over a decade old, has been described from various perspectives, yet remains a challenge to actually define and operationalize. My goal with this article is to clarify why this is challenging and share some information that could help. What is an “Experience”? To better understand what

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    Patient Safety: Now and Always

    March 5, 2021

    To a patient, safety is an assumption. The idea that they are unsafe when they are sick enough to even go to an emergency room or be admitted to a hospital, is unimaginable. Patients and families assume that the hospital is a haven of care and consideration, a place where those who care for them

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    COVID-19: Everything is Changing

    April 10, 2020

    The Patient Experience has changed healthcare. The fact that we are now prioritizing the humanity of our patients and allowing it to inform our healthcare practices is an irreversible positive change. Pandemics & Social Change And, so it is also true, that Pandemics cause social change. This has been made obvious by many studies over

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    COVID-19: When Fear Is a Risk Factor and the News, a Pathogen

    March 12, 2020

    Global, natural, and man-made disasters have become a painfully common occurrence. In the last two years, the world has faced hurricanes and earthquakes, mass shootings, terrorists driving trucks into crowds, and a recurrence of measles, whooping-cough, and tuberculosis. Now, we have COVID-19, a virus that remains unknown while it spreads throughout communities. What is new

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    The Importance of The Patient Experience in Times of Trauma

    August 16, 2019

    The patient experience is the richest of models of care. Having moved through the days of managed care, patient-centered care, and family-centered care, focusing on the patient experience as it is lived merges all of our various configurations. Patient as Center Patients are never critically ill and alone. They are the center of a complex

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    In Healthcare, the Game Never Ends

    July 1, 2019

    What do hospitals and baseball have in common? More than you might think. I grew up in Detroit, Michigan with the Detroit Tigers, our amazing baseball team. The mechanics and infrastructure of baseball were easily understandable to me. The roles of each player are clear. The pitcher’s role is to strike out the batter. The

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  • The Experience Ecosystem and The Patient Experience

    April 19, 2019

    The patient experience (PX) has grown past its childhood into a movement that is necessary to transform into its next iteration. The Beryl Institute’s 2019 Patient Experience Conference provided an opportunity for over 1,200 attendees to explore the Experience Ecosystem. This ecosystem is a framework that outlines each “lens” that informs the patient experience. However,

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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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