Harvard Business Review
by David W. Larson
Building a faster pathway home requires every member of the health care team to work together with more efficient protocols and new approaches to care. Toward that end, Mayo Clinic’s colorectal surgery practice created an Enhanced Recovery Pathway (ERP) a decade ago, which achieved our goals while improving patient satisfaction and reducing costs. These process improvements then gained acceptance in many of Mayo Clinic’s other surgical departments. More recently, seven independent medical centers that are members of the Mayo Clinic Care Network also have adopted the ERP. In this article, I will share how we got the buy-in from surgical clinicians at both Mayo Clinic and the independent medical centers.
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Context: David Larson, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Larson's long-term research goals include the translation of science and clinical outcomes into broad-based practice changes that improve the lives of patients. You can read more about his research here.