Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Winter's Research Roundup

keywords:  research literacy, metrics, research writing resources, and more resources shared since last "research roundup" blog article

Review of the "Research and Metrics Thursdays" theme from the public Facebook Page and newsletter

At the Hospital Practice Handbook Project, we encourage practitioners to cultivate mentor-relationships and practice research literacy.

SAR 2019 Conference Notes, Published Articles, and Highlights
For a compilation of the community's notes on SAR and the articles (or their citations) written about the SAR 2019 conference since June 2019, go to our Conference Notes module.

Interested in Measuring Your Work?
New Acupuncture Research shares since last blog article

Massage Therapy Evidence Map 

Research Literacy Basics: Practical Applications for the Hospital-based Practitioner
The following citations were added to the blog article, "Research Literacy Notes for the Hospital-based Practitioner".

Research Thursdays: Oncology article
The following was updated in the "Research Thursdays: Oncology" blog resource article.
  • Journal of the American Society of Acupuncturists (JASA), formerly Meridians: JAOMfall 2019 issue articles on oncology
    • Clinical Pearls section query is "How Do You Treat Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Your Clinic?" p. 30 - 36
    • "Exceptional Results in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oncology: A Focus Dryness and Heat Part One, Radiation: External Dryness" by Dr. Yair Maimon, p. 36
    • The 2019 Society for Integrative Oncology conference report by Dr. Jason Bussell, p. 40

New or Updated Resources on Research from NCCIH
  • Pragmatic Clinical Trials resource.
    • For those of you interested in clinical research in real-world settings, see NCCIH's online resource, "Rethinking Clinical Trials, A Living Textbook of Pragmatic Clinical Trials". This resource is published by the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory. It contains information about the design, conduct, and dissemination of pragmatic clinical research. And it has examples from the Collaboratory's demonstration projects.
  • NCCIH on the NIH HEAL initiatives to stem the opioid crisis with non-drug pain management approaches

"Join NCCIH and our director, Dr. Helene Langevin, as we launch NCCIH’s strategic planning process for the next 5-year plan (2021–2026). We will kick off this year-long process with a webinar for the complementary and integrative health community on the topic of 'Whole Person Health.' Dr. Langevin will share her thoughts on this topic, which considers the whole person and the relationships among numerous factors, including biologic, environmental, behavioral, mental, and social factors, in determining health. She will also focus on how this concept fits into and expands upon NCCIH’s current strategic plan and may serve as a way to inform our strategic planning and future research directions.
"Input gathered as a result of this event will feed into the NCCIH strategic planning process being led by Ms. Mary Beth Kester, Director of the NCCIH Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation.
"Dr. Langevin presented initial thoughts on this topic at the afternoon session of the September 20, 2019, NCCIH Advisory Council meeting." 

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Reviewing Some Research Basics

Metrics: Clinician Employee Burnout & Employee Well-Being
Are you interested in measuring burnout or well-being?
Learn more about the NAM Clinician Well-Being Series at our concise blog post here

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Vision Statement

Our Vision for the HH Project
last revised 3.3.2020
In 2016 I created this wisdom-sharing resource, the Hospital-Based Practice Handbook Project for Acupuncturists and their Hospital Sponsors (Administrators). The Project supports this challenging new avenue of employment for acupuncturists. The Project enables hospital program managers to learn and share the latest evidence-based practices and research in the integrative medicine field and include the acupuncturists in each step.

The Project is a resource for licensed acupuncturistsMore acupuncturists are being hired in hospitals, FQHCs, hospice, county clinics, and other mid to large healthcare systems. The Project is designed to streamline these hiring procedures and promote the integration of acupuncturists into any hospital's biopsychosocial patient-centered care model. Specifically, the Project facilitates a clear understanding of how acupuncturists' procedures and approaches can complement ongoing patient care in each service line. This can reduce miscommunication about the hiring of licensed acupuncturists as well as illustrate the value of LAcs as health care professionals working as advanced practice clinicians.
The Project helps hospitals streamline the hiring of licensed acupuncturists by providing the hiring staff and credentialing team with published standards on hiring and credentialing of them. The Project connects users to resources that include basic program frameworks--from standard operating procedures (SOPs) to clinical outcome metrics.

The Project is a resource for program managers. Whether the goal is to address increased patient demand for integrative health services or to meet Joint Commission, CDC, and HHS/CMS recommendations for non-pharm options for pain management, this resource is an important asset for the champions and change-makers in the healthcare field. It provides documentation standards and templates as well as practical program standards and outcome metrics. 
The Project is a knowledge-sharing network designed to quickly and successfully implement a cross-section of programs, from new program setup to selection of relevant metrics that track cost savings and patient-centered outcomes. Whether it's program success in these patient-centered outcomes or improved access to non-pharm pain care, the Project provides versatile applications for all hospital programs. It also presents effective models for revenue generation as well as service reimbursement.
The Project supports individual program managers as well as their hospital by facilitating connections
between other managers who work with integrative health (IH) professionals or run IH programs. This is important because it helps in-house acupuncturists understand the pressures and standards the facility is working toward; for example, it's handy for developing (or improving) a clinic's outcome measures to align its metrics with the facility's larger mission and vision.
The Project connects standards of practice in documentation (coding, use of relevant research-validated metrics), compliance, billing, and reimbursement models, and research. It also connects the user to resources in health policy, thus directly affecting an acupuncturist's hospital-based practice.

A Resource for All.
The Project is designed for use by all healthcare professionals, not just licensed acupuncturists. It can help both program managers and LAcs streamline a set of new programs before they are implemented or assist with the move into new areas by connecting colleagues such that everyone can learn from each other's successes and failures.
The Project connects users to relevant published research and program frameworks (from feasibility studies to pragmatic trials.) This offers great potential for collaboration in multi-site research projects. The Project hosts discussions of relevant research in the field as well as vetted recommendations for continuing education resources, whether it's through courses or conferences. Included are both closed group resources for discussion and social support through connections to mentors and existing resources and the beta-testing of new resources.

Project resources include

Welcome to the Project!

Megan Kingsley Gale, MSAOM, Dipl OM (NCCAOM)
Founder & Facilitator of The Hospital Practice Handbook Project, a community resource project (volunteer)

Excerpts of this were published in a "Dear Editor" letter in the summer 2019 edition of The

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