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The research efforts of Paul D. Scanlon, M.D., relate to occupational or environmental lung diseases, new methods and clinical application of pulmonary function testing, evaluation of and intervention for obstructive lung diseases, and the beneficial effects of humanities in health care.
Lung health and disease. Mayo Clinic was one of 10 clinical centers for the Lung Health Studies, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Scanlon and colleagues continue data analysis and publications from those landmark studies.
Currently funded studies for which Dr. Scanlon is investigator or co-investigator include the NHLBI-funded COPD Clinical Research Network, the NHLBI-funded Lung Tissue Research Consortium and numerous clinical trials of new medications for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Humanities in health care. As medical director of the Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine and as chair of the Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Committee, Dr. Scanlon leads programs in medical humanities.
He and his colleagues incorporate programs based in the arts and diverse expressions of human culture into the healing environment of Mayo Clinic. These programs are intended to improve patient experience and outcomes, increase employee satisfaction and prevent burnout, and improve learner outcomes, especially communications skills. Research efforts seek to measure the effectiveness of these programs.
Dr. Scanlon's long-term research goal is to better serve patients with pulmonary illnesses by developing and applying better diagnostic tools and treatment options for diseases such as lung cancer and COPD.
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