In medicine — as with much of life — listening matters. Studies show that the simple act of listening seems to have taken a back seat in clinical care.
Throughout Penn Medicine, champions are pushing for change through the Action for Cultural Transformation (ACT), a unified effort that spans every level of the institution across both the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Perelman School of Medicine.
During a recent study in Pennsylvania Hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), patients received another tool to reduce their pain: a pair of headphones.
Between worries about their loved ones’ health and anxieties over COVID-19 restrictions, it’s no surprise that hospitalizations can be just as stressful for family members as they are for patients. Add a language barrier to the mix, and the experience can feel overwhelming.
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