Leveraging photo-elicitation to learn about patient experience
Hearing the voices of those at high risk for COVID-19 disease transmission has important implications as we continue to move forward in such uncertain times.
In the Journal of Community Psychology, Laura Sinko, Samira Rajabi, Alyssa Sinko, and Raina Merchant share insights around the lifestyle changes and emotional experiences of individuals with compromised immune systems during the early months of the pandemic. The team collected input for this study via online photo-elicitation.
Weaving antiracism praxis into cardiovascular fellowship training
Despite advances in the science of medicine, Black patients in the United States are still twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease than White patients.
In the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Lauren Eberly, Howard Julien, and Sri Adusumalli proposed a new paradigm for fellowship training that prioritizes antiracism praxis to reduce inequities in cardiovascular care and outcomes.
It has been a year since COVID-19 vaccinations began at Penn Medicine. This blog post highlights some of the decisions and design features – such as pop-up vaccine clinics and low-tech signups – that helped Penn Medicine reach its goals for equitable vaccination.
Increasing ED-initiated interventions for opioid use disorder
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can be vital in assisting patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) achieve long-term recovery. However, prescription rates are typically low in emergency department settings.
In the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Maggie Lowenstein and Kit Delgado describe their team’s efforts to employ a behavioral design approach to make the initiation of MAT easy, attractive, social, and timely.
Their work ultimately led to a six-fold increase in its use at three Penn Medicine hospitals.
In May, Chester County Hospital became the fourth Penn Medicine hospital to implement Heart Safe Motherhood (HSM), a first-of-its-kind text message-based program for postpartum blood pressure monitoring.
Check out this post on the Penn Medicine News Blog to learn how HSM drives better maternal outcomes, improves patient experience, and reduces the total cost of care for women with pregnancy-related and chronic hypertension in the immediate postpartum period.