A Collaborative for Implementation of an Evidence-Based Clinical Pathway for Enhanced Recovery in Colon and Rectal Surgery in an Affiliated Network of Healthcare Organizations

David Larson, Jenna K. Lovely, Jesse Welsh, Sho Annaberdyev, Chris Coffey, Cybil Corning, Bret Murray, Douglas Rose, Lawrence Prabhakar, Marcus Torgenson, Eugene Dankbar, Mark V. Larson

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Abstract

Background: In 2015 the Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN), in an effort to extend medical knowledge and share these best practices, embarked on an education mission to diffuse the clinical practice redesign involving the practice of colon and rectal surgery at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) to members of the MCCN. They elected to use a collaborative framework in an attempt to transfer knowledge to multiple teams in an efficient and supportive manner. Methods: Eight MCCN members assembled a multidisciplinary team, which participated in both a didactic learning session delivered by frontline experts, as well as follow-up remote sessions regarding Mayo Clinic's enhanced recovery pathway for colon and rectal surgery. Teams departed the group session with established immediate next steps, communication plans, and an awareness of potential barriers and strategies for mitigation. Monthly coaching calls followed in an effort to help all teams meet their time line and overall goals. Finally, all participants met again after six months to report their clinical outcomes, as well their unique individual organization's successes and barriers encountered. Results: Participating teams felt overwhelmingly that the collaborative program exceeded their expectations and equipped them with the tools to be successful. They also felt that the extended support provided by the Mayo Clinic team was essential, and the collaboration with other members markedly enhanced their experience. Importantly, all teams were able to successfully reduce length of stay, which was the desired main clinical outcome. Discussion: The collaborative format was instrumental in the rapid diffusion and successful implementation of a transformative practice redesign involving colorectal surgical care of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJoint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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  • Leadership and Management

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