Friday, September 14, 2018

Building the Hospital-practice Learning Opportunities Directory, "Find Your Trail Guides"

Help us build a new directory of hospital-based learning opportunities!

keywords: resource directory, wisdom-sharing, finding trail guides, a short survey

Get your hospital-based resource listed in a new 
Hospital-practice Handbook Project directory!
Find Your Trail Guides:  The Hospital-practice Learning Opportunities Directory

This was announced in the August 2018 HH Project newsletter.

I often receive inquiries about how to start in hospital practice

Background for Directory idea
In June, after I finished posting the last of the How to Get Your Foot in the Door of Hospital Practice blogpost series, I surveyed the hospital practice group and learned we do not yet have a published directory of practitioners and/or programs that offer direct ways of finding trail guides or maps (i.e. mentorships, internships, shadow opportunities, or courses/programs) for EAMPs/L.Acs. interested in hospital practice OR interested in a new area of hospital practice. 

From all the feedback on the directory plus the feedback from publishing the blogpost series, it sounds like the directory will be a useful resource for you all and the larger hospital-practice EAMP/L.Ac. community.  The directory also ties in with future Hospital Handbook Projects, including the two interview series, Paths to Practice and Issues in Hospital Practice Webinar Series

In response, I create an online survey form to collect information.  Please share the survey link with colleagues or your hospital admin (hospital sponsor).  I know everyone is busy! 

Let's see if we can get a least 10 response by October 1st, 2018, so I can have a goal of getting it up as a pdf on the website soon after.

Review:  The What and Why of the Survey
We are gathering information via an online survey to create a pdf directory that can be accessed via the Hospital Handbook (HH) Project website, the Find Your Trail Guides:  A Hospital-practice Learning and Mentorship Opportunities Directory.

Please follow the survey link and share it with hospital-based colleagues and your hospital admin.

What opportunities qualify for the survey/directory?
Any hospital-based practice learning opportunity, to include, but not limited to:
The Learning Resource Survey for
the new Directory

  • internships
  • shadow opportunities
  • mentorship opportunities
  • preceptorships
  • fellowships
  • courses related to hospital-based practice

Goal:  have at least 10 completed survey forms before October 1st, 2018, so we can publish the first edition of the directory soon after.

Fill out the survey today!

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Metrics, Hospital Score Cards, and Value-based Care Model: The Leapfrog Group and the Hospital Safety Score

keywords:  value-based metrics, hospital score cards, hospital admin, good teamwork = increased patient safety, quality assurance measures, consumer advocacy

Within the last 20 years, hospital-level metrics and safety outcomes reporting has become more standardized with the work of nonprofit consumer safety groups like the Leapfrog Group as well as the national Medicare reporting measures which have been adapting a "clinical outcomes value-based metrics" reporting system or "scorecards".

Why should you know a little about this?
It helps to understand the pressures and standards your facility is working toward when you are developing (or improving) your own clinic outcomes measures, so that you can align your metrics with your facility's larger mission and vision.

What is the Leapfrog Group?

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit consumer safety and advocacy group founded in 2000.  It was spurred into action by the 1999 Institute of Medicine's report, To Err is Human, which revealed the terrible magnitude of preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals.  So, the Leapfrog group developed and continues to refine and produce the "Hospital Safety Score", a standardized "scorecard" metric for consumers, employers, and insurance companies to compare and contrast hospitals in their region.  Led by CEO Leah Binder, the Leapfrog group works to encourage transparency in hospital patient safety guidelines and scoring.

The Leapfrog Groups Founding Principles are:
  • people should have access to information to make informed decisions about their health care
  • purchasers should pay for the best outcomes at the best price
  • foster a marketplace for high-value care 

The Leapfrog Group: 
"is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care.  Leapfrog is the nation's premier advocate of hospital transparency--collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform value-based purchasing."

Facebook page:
Look up your facility's Hospital Safety Grade and history at

It currently has 3 main programs:
  1. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey:  an annual, voluntary survey that collects measures from about 2,000 hospitals on patient safety and quality assurance measures
  2. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade:  This initiative assigns letter grades (A, B, C, D, or F) to hospitals based on the facility's patient safety record (hospital errors, patient hospital-acquired infections, accidents, and hospital-acquired injuries). 
  3. Leapfrog Value-Based Purchasing Program:  a pay-for-performance program using Leapfrog Survey data 

The Leapfrog Group now: 
"reports data on almost 2,000 hospitals, with regional partnerships in 36 states.  We kick-started a national campaign to reduce early elective deliveries, launched a pay-for-performance program, and designed the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade to empower consumers to make better choices."

Leapfrog Group's Mission:
"To trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of U.S. health care by using transparency to support informed health care decisions and promote high-value care."

Leapfrog's Consumer Communication about the Hospital Safety Grade Program:
All the short videos below have the theme of "great hospital team care communication = good patient safety"

Other Hospital-level Metrics Groups Known for their Value-based (usually patient-centered) Outcome Measures

If you are aware of other hospital-level metrics groups and programs, please add them with a link to their webpage in the comments section of this post and send me a message.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Resource: The Massage Therapy Foundation

keywords:  501c3 non profit organization, massage therapy, research literacy, grants, research grants, community service project grants, massage therapy research podcast, learn to write case reports, massage research infographics, massage therapy e-books

Resource Highlight:  The Massage Therapy Foundation

Research Literacy-building Resources from the 
Massage Therapy Foundation
(1) Watch a Webinar and Learn how to Write a Case Report 
"Writing a case report is one of the simplest and most effective ways to become actively involved in massage therapy research.  By taking the valuable insights you have gained by working with a client and sharing that knowledge, you enable others to work more effectively with clients who have similar needs."

(2) Connect with other therapists by joining an "E-Research Cohort", where strategies for writing case reports are discussed.

(3) Open Access Journal
The International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), the official journal of the Massage Therapy Foundation, is open-access, peer-reviewed, and indexed in PubMed.
The IJTMB (journal) website.

"Through IJTMB, the Foundation provides peer-reviewed case reports and scientific information free of charge to therapists, students, medical professionals, patients, and anyone else who may be interested in the science behind therapeutic massage."

(4) Student Case Report Contest
Students must submit before their graduation date and the contest accepts applications year-round.  Applications are reviewed once/year.
Apply at this webpage

(5) The Official Newsletter and Archives
The Massage Therapy Foundation newsletter and newsletter archives, the Communicator.

(6) Free Foundation E-Books
List of free Foundation e-books

  • Pediatric Massage--A Massage Therapist's Guide to Getting Started by Tina Allen
  • 5 Myths and Truths about Massage Therapy--Letting Go without Losing Heart by Tracy Walton, MS, LMT
  • How to Connect with a Researcher by Ruth Werner
  • The Case for Pain Relief:  5 Research Studies for Massage Therapists
  • Working with Physicians:  A Massage Therapist's Guide by Laura Allen, LMT
(7) The Foundation's Podcast
Research Perch 

(8) Research Infographics
The Foundation has a series of infographics they have created for specific research studies to visually explain and share key information and conclusions from the studies. 
You can view all of them and their related published research papers on the website.

(9) Research Posters
You can view a collection of research posters.

(10) Research Grants, Research Grant Contests, and more
The foundation has research grants, community service grants, a student case report contest, poster abstract submission options, and research journal submission guidelines. 

(11) Community Service Projects and Grants
Read more about the program at this page and watch the video to see examples of programs which have received grant funding from the Foundation.

Interested in Supporting this 501c3 Nonprofit Foundation?
You can support the Massage Therapy Foundation through individual donations, sponsorships, or volunteering.  Learn more here.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Dr. Helene Langevin announced as new Director of the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

keywords:  research, research literacy, biomedicine, federal jobs, NCCIH, NIH, acupuncture, massage therapy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, integrative health, stretching, connective tissue, fascia, movement therapy, animal models research, biomechanics of acupuncture and East Asian movement therapy
updated with citations and official announcement 12.18.2018 

The U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) has announced that Dr. Helene Langevin will be the new director of National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

Dr. Langevin is known in the integrative health community for her research in fascia, mechanisms of action, and several biomechanics of acupuncture.

She is a leader in the field of integrative health research and research on non-pharmacological pain relief interventions.  "As a principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies, Dr. Langevin's research interests have centered around the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual and movement-based therapies.  Her more recent work has focused on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms with connective tissue." (1)

We featured several videos of her presentations in the “biomedicine review” section of the June 2018 blogpost

What is the mission of the NCCIH?
The NCCIH's mission is "to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care." (1)

What does the position of NCCIH director entail?
"As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin will oversee the [U.S.] federal government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine."(1)

NCCIH is a department under the agency of the National Institute of Health (NIH).

What is the NIH?
The NIH is the United States's national medical research agency.  It is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and contains 27 institutes and centers.  "NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases."  Learn more about the NIH at their website. (1)

***update 11.26.2018***
published on NIH site 11.26.2018:
"We're thrilled to announce that Dr. Helene Langevin joins us today as NCCIH's new director.  Dr. Langevin comes to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she serviced as director of the HMS Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.  She has also served as a visiting professor of neurological sciences at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont.  Dr. Langevin's research interests center around connective tissue, with her most recent studies focusing on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue.  She has also conducted studies on the mechanisms of acupuncture and manual and movement-based therapies."   
from "biomedicine review" resource section
June 2018 blogpost

(1) Source:  August 29th, 2019, news release on the NIH website.  "NIH names Dr. Helene Langevin director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health".

Related Resources
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More citations of Dr. Langevin's work

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