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    Science Saturday: Strengthening the case for palliative care

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is the group at Mayo Clinic charged with driving practice transformation. Basically, this means to help Mayo Clinic improve the way health care is delivered, reaching patients where they are, with the right answers when they are needed.

Center researchers work within multi-disciplinary teams across Mayo Clinic on projects ranging from better ways to support women during pregnancy, to faster visits in the ER and new ways to help elderly patients stay out of the hospital.

One recent research project with the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine looked at how often palliative care is part of the care plan for patients who suffer a heart attack accompanied by cardiogenic shock. Public Affairs sat down with two of the study authors to find out more about their project, and how it may lead to better care for patients.

The study first author, Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, M.B.B.S., is a cardiology fellow at Mayo Clinic, with prior training in critical care medicine. His mentor and the study’s senior author is Gregory Barsness, M.D., the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Cardiac Intensive Care Unit with additional expertise in interventional cardiology and radiology.

Read the rest of the article on the Advancing the Science blog.


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