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July 13, 2018

Weekly news quiz: Burnout, Pap smears, drug prices and more

Daily Briefing

    Did you keep up with the news in health care this week? Take our quiz to find out.

    Quiz: Week of July 9th

    Question 1: Researchers at Emory University and Kaiser Permanente found that cooperation in the surgical operating room (OR) was greatest when...

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    Researchers remarked that "you see more rivalry between same-sex colleagues" in the operating room. However, the study, which analyzed the interactions in over 200 surgeries, did find that the majority of interactions were collaborative, 58% of the total, versus conflict interactions which only occurred 2.8% of the time.

    We surveyed over 2,500 patients on what they want in surgical care. See the 12 insights into what we learned.

    Question 2: A study in JAMA found that Pap smears were ______ at detecting precancerous changes within the cervix than HPV tests

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    The study of 19,000 women found that more cases of precancerous lesions were detected early in those who had the HPV test, as opposed to the Pap test.

    We surveyed over 600 cancer patients and found that they fell into five distinct patient types. Download our infographic to see the five types of patients, what they value in care and how to attract them to your program.

    Question 3: We surveyed over 146 C-suite executives to see what issues were top-of-mind for them this year. Which concern did they mark as most pressing?

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    We found that the most important issue for executives was preparing their organization for sustainable cost control. However, all of these issues were in the top five as the most important areas of concern of the total 33 issues surveyed.

    After analyzing the surveys, we arrived at three main takeaways for this 2018 executive survey. View our blog post on the results

    Question 4: What pharmaceutical company agreed to defer a price increase after speaking with President Trump?

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    It was Pfizer who agreed to defer their July 1st price increase to, according to a statement, "give [Trump] an opportunity to work on his blueprint to strengthen the health care system and provide more access for patients."

    Prescription drug expenditures are the fastest growing component of health care spending, putting pressure on health systems' inpatient margins while also creating new revenue opportunities in the outpatient setting. To learn about how to control the flow of drug expenditures, view our new infographic

    Question 5: According to a recent study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, just over half of 6,000 doctors reported being burned-out. Those doctors were how much more likely to report making a medical error?

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    The new study found that physician burnout is at least equally responsible for medical errors as unsafe medical workplace conditions.

    To learn the five key insights we uncovered after asking progressive organizations about how they're fighting burnout, read our research report

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