Stephen Shortell discusses new CLEAR research with Mark Graban

The first publication using data from CLEAR’s national survey of lean in US hospitals, “Use of Lean and Related Transformational Performance Improvement Systems in Hospitals in the United States: Results From a National Survey,” has been published online ahead of print by the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The full text is … [Read more…]

New Annotated Bibliography Update 05.09.18

The newest version of the annotated bibliography is now available! The full document or new additions since October 2017 can be accessed here. Included in this update are 65 new primary research articles and systematic literature reviews. These publications cover research in a variety of healthcare settings and within disciplines ranging from surgery to psychiatry.. … [Read more…]

Preliminary program for the 2018 Lean Healthcare Research Symposium

We are happy to announce the preliminary program for the 2nd Annual Lean Healthcare Research Symposium, taking place on June 13th in Chicago, IL in conjunction with the 9th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. Speakers will include: John Toussaint, Catalysis, Inc. Stephen Shortell, Center for Lean Engagement and Research in Healthcare (CLEAR), University of California, … [Read more…]

New Annotated Bibliography Update 10.20.17

The latest edition of the annotated bibliography is now live! Check out the full document or new additions here. 36 new primary research articles have been added in this new update, in a wide range of specialties from Emergency Department to Pharmacy. Updates to formatting and summary style have also been made to improve readability. … [Read more…]

National survey data presented at Stanford Lean Healthcare conference

In April, 2017, CLEAR partnered with the American Hospital Association to field a national survey to assess dimensions of the adoption and use of lean philosophy, practices, and tools in hospitals. The on-line survey was sent to 4,500 non-federal, short-term, acute-care medical and surgical hospitals in the United States, including pediatric general and medical hospitals. … [Read more…]

Don’t miss the Lean Healthcare Research Symposium!

Registration is still open for the Lean Healthcare Research Symposium to be held on June 6, 2017 in conjunction with the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit in Palm Springs, CA. The research symposium includes a full day program of presentations on recent research on the implementation of lean (and lean in combination with other performance improvement … [Read more…]

Does lean healthcare improve patient satisfaction?

In a recently published article in BMJ Quality and Safety, Pokinska and colleagues did not find improved patient satisfaction in Swedish primary care centers that had implemented lean. The authors used mixed-methods to examine lean implementation and its impact on patient satisfaction. Two qualitative case studies in primary care centers with well established and successful … [Read more…]

Annotated Bibliography – check out the latest update!

We’ve just released the newest update of our Annotated Bibliography of studies on lean in healthcare. Expanded with an additional 38 articles, we also added a new section: “Primary Research on Lean Tool Development, Testing, and Validation in Healthcare.” Download the expanded Bibliography or just the newest additions HERE.