Improving nonclinical and clinical-support services

lessons from oncology

Leonard L. Berry, Katie A. Deming, Tracey S. Danaher

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Abstract

Nonclinical and clinical-support personnel serve patients on the front lines of care. Their service interactions have a powerful influence on how patients perceive their entire care experience, including the all-important interactions with clinical staff. Ignoring this reality means squandering opportunities to start patients out on the right foot at each care visit. Medical practices can improve the overall care they provide by focusing on nonclinical and clinical-support services in 5 crucial ways: (1) creating strong first impressions at every care visit by prioritizing superb front-desk service; (2) thoroughly vetting prospective hires to ensure that their values and demeanor align with the organization's; (3) preparing hired staff to deliver excellent service with a commitment to ongoing training and education at all staff levels; (4) minimizing needless delays in service delivery that can overburden patients and their families in profound ways; and (5) prioritizing the services that patients consider to be most important. We show how cancer care illustrates these principles, which are relevant across medical contexts. Without nonclinical and clinical-support staff who set the right tone for care at every service touchpoint, even the best clinical services cannot be truly optimal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-217
Number of pages11
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality and Outcomes
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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Improving nonclinical and clinical-support services : lessons from oncology. / Berry, Leonard L.; Deming, Katie A.; Danaher, Tracey S.

In: Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality and Outcomes, Vol. 2, No. 3, 09.2018, p. 207-217.

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