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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    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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    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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    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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    Is The Patient Experience A Goal or An Organizational Strategy?

    February 2, 2018

    Members of Beryl Institute’s PX Connect Community recently shared that some patient experience directors are being asked to solve problems coming from patient complaints. While I understand how this happens, I think the questions to ask are what can healthcare organizations learn from “complaints” and are they “fixing problems” or strategically improving the patient experience?

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    The Patient Experience is Everywhere

    January 12, 2018

    Healthcare is again changing and with it, the understanding of the patient experience. For example, my insurance will let me go to a CVS Pharmacy or Minute Clinic for things like immunizations and vaccinations.  Am I a customer or a patient? However, it does not feel like I am a “patient” in the most traditional

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    A New Look at Whole Person Care

    January 5, 2018

    This past year, healthcare has taken both steps forward and steps back. In many ways, healthcare leaders remain stuck and unable to agree on what the major issues are: disease or cost? Staffing or safety? Population health or reimbursement? Improving Health With Whole Person Care In a recent post on Managed HealthCare Executive, healthcare CEO Leanne Berge calls

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    Are You Ready to Improve the Patient Experience With Virtual Reality?

    November 10, 2017

    The speed with which media technologies have changed in my lifetime is astounding. My parents listened to the radio. When I was six years old, we got a television. After that came stereo sound. Then cassettes and CDs. Computers. DVDs.  The Internet.  Smart phones. Now: Virtual Reality! However, while the application of media technologies in

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    “N” of One Holds the Key to the Patient Experience

    November 3, 2017

    Those of us in healthcare often talk about how difficult it is to study the patient experience because of variables that are not only complex but subjective and unique. How do we generalize what can be only understood when we deeply investigate the circumstance and motivation for an individual patient’s answers to our questions? How do

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