Double Vision

Terry Tempest Williams is a Utah native, writer, naturalist, activist, educator—and patient. In this ninth “Dispatch from the Desert,” Terry reflects on fear, the pink full moon, the spread of the virus in rural America.

Dr. Sean Stokes on Improving Opioid Prescribing Patterns

Using improvement methodology to solve one piece of America’s opioid epidemic. Dr. Sean Stokes and team used the practice of scoping to focus on one population and one procedure to achieve manageable, measurable improvement.

Draw on a Wide Range of Evidence to Jump Start Your Improvement Project

Finding evidence to change the status quo isn’t easy; thinking about evidence in terms of how it persuades—whether subjective or objective—can make it easier. Plastic surgery resident Dino Maglić and his colleagues followed their guts and saved money by improving the laceration trays used to treat patients in the emergency department.

Eight Behaviors to Cultivate Trust

Employees in high-trust organizations are happier, more collaborative and stay at their jobs longer. But what builds long-term, sustaining trust? Director of strategic initiatives Chrissy Daniels highlights findings from an article in Harvard Business Review. The answer: Eight behaviors.

Embrace Love of Self

Arlais Rune, contracting officer for the Office of Sponsored Projects, shares a haiku she wrote about her journey of self-acceptance and how listening to and validating others leads to a much more authentic, vibrant community.

Essentialism: Are We Using It or Losing It?

We’ve all done it: attended an amazing lecture or conference and gleaned some great ideas, only to return to work and forget about it entirely a couple weeks later. This common conundrum prompted Lawrence Marsco to ask the U of U Health LDI curriculum committee, “How do we know if anyone’s using this content?”


Terry Tempest Williams is a Utah native, writer, naturalist, activist, educator—and patient. As everyone obsesses with washing their hands, Terry remembers her grandmother who lived through the 1918 flu pandemic in Eureka, Utah.

Evaluating Impact: How Do You Know If It's Working?

Evaluating your improvement project is the next step in the evidence-based practice (EBP) process.

Event Reporting

Many people ask, “What am I supposed to report?” or “Does this count?” Hospitalist Ryan Murphy explains the basic vocabulary of patient safety event reporting, informing the way we recognize harm and identify and report threats to safety.

Exceptional Patient Experience: An Ideal Worth Striving For

Director of Patient Experience Mari Ransco and Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Health Richard Orlandi give a primer on the future of exceptional patient experience at University of Utah Health.

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