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Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day

Originally published by Ariadne Labs on March 13, 2020 | Updated March 17, 2020 By Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH I know there is some confusion about what to do next in the midst of this unprecedented time of a pandemic, school closures, and widespread social disruption. As a primary care physician and public health leader,… Continue reading Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day

Spirituality and the Serious Illness Conversation Guide

For many people facing serious illness, religious belief can offer an important source of strength and hope in difficult times. Despite the clear importance of religion in the lives of many Americans, physicians may view it as a barrier to meaningful conversations about end-of-life care, and struggle to reconcile religion’s role in the context of… Continue reading Spirituality and the Serious Illness Conversation Guide

Paper explores ways to identify patients who would benefit from a serious illness conversation

The most vexing issue with setting up a serious illness conversation program is not convincing hospital administrations and physicians of the value of these conversations. Rather, stumbling blocks more often involve the logistics of implementing a system that would regularly identify and schedule meetings with those who would most benefit from an in-depth discussion about… Continue reading Paper explores ways to identify patients who would benefit from a serious illness conversation

How a global, surgical checklist can help shape OR culture

By Ian Solsky, MD, MPH Illustrated by Courtney Staples Attending medical school more than 30 years ago, my father claims he worked with a surgeon who gave trainees feedback while brandishing a pistol and stomping on the eyeglasses of a student that had slipped into the surgical field. As a general surgery resident, I can… Continue reading How a global, surgical checklist can help shape OR culture

Five questions with Hannah Ratcliffe

In our new series, we highlight the staff and faculty behind the compelling work at Ariadne Labs. Hannah Ratcliffe discusses how the Ariadne team is working to strengthen primary health care globally.  After obtaining a degree in biology, Hannah Ratcliffe worked as a bench scientist but says she soon realized “the details of protein pathways… Continue reading Five questions with Hannah Ratcliffe

Overcoming resistance to a surgical safety checklist

By Bill Berry, MD, MPA, MPH This is the second post in a series on implementation efforts at Ariadne Labs. Read the first installment by Sue Gullo, our director of Implementation. Humans resist change. Maybe it’s a survival mechanism from our evolutionary past. When the world was uncertain, we stuck to what seemed to work.… Continue reading Overcoming resistance to a surgical safety checklist

What I did on my summer vacation: Inspiring reflections from our interns

Each summer, Ariadne Labs hosts a cohort of interns who come from various backgrounds. They study a variety of subjects and assist the organization’s programs and platforms. As they wrap up their summer internships, we asked them to reflect on their experiences and what brought them to Ariadne. Prepare to be inspired. Leila Ben Halim,… Continue reading What I did on my summer vacation: Inspiring reflections from our interns

Implementation: A unique approach to spreading health care solutions globally

By Sue Gullo, RN, BSN, MS Illustrated by Courtney Staples “Implementation” may sound like a term reserved for the company boardroom, but really we are all implementers. We regularly identify opportunities for change or improvement and then turn these ideas into action. I do this every day when prepping for my commute to work. Do… Continue reading Implementation: A unique approach to spreading health care solutions globally

What’s an apology worth?

By Evan Benjamin, MD MS and Tiffany Xie Illustrated by Courtney Staples In 1994, Betsy Lehman, a celebrated reporter for The Boston Globe, died of an overdose of chemotherapy. After a series of fatal mistakes from her care team, Lehman received four times the intended dose of chemotherapy, which led to her premature death at… Continue reading What’s an apology worth?