Creation of a Healing Enhancement Program at an academic medical center

Susanne M. Cutshall, Laura L. Fenske, Ryan F. Kelly, Brent R. Phillips, Thoralf M. Sundt, Brent A. Bauer

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There has been a growing emphasis on evaluating and improving the experience of the hospitalized patient. In 2004, the Cardiovascular Surgery team at Mayo Clinic Rochester, though achieving a high level of technical expertise and clinical outcomes, recognized that patients were not rating their overall hospital experience as highly as was expected. After a systematic evaluation of the hospital experience, tension, stress, pain, and anxiety were identified as key challenges for patients. A multidisciplinary team was created to evaluate pain management practices and explore methods for reducing pain, anxiety, and tension. An extensive review of the literature and site visits to other institutions provided the foundation for the program. The term "Healing Enhancement" was coined to identify the goals of this emerging paradigm that focused on all aspects of the patient's experience-mind, body, and spirit. Integrated therapies such as music, massage, guided imagery, and relaxation training were explored to measure their role in patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Alternative medicine
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Complementary medicine
  • Guided imagery
  • Healing
  • Integrative medicine
  • Massage
  • Music
  • Stress management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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