MSHOP is a unique and comprehensive program developed by the University of Michigan Department of Surgery to help improve the health of patients before surgery and provide tools to help them get back to everyday life as soon as possible following surgery.

For patients, the program consists of:

  1. MOVE
    MSHOP focuses on a simple walking program that leverages a pedometer and online reporting to help patients incrementally increase their physical activity level.
  2. BREATHE
    Exercising the lungs before surgery can be just as effective as exercising muscles. This can help get patients off the respirator (breathing machine) more quickly and decrease the risk of pneumonia.
  3. EAT
    Making sure that patients eat properly before surgery will ensure that they have all the nutrients to heal faster and stronger.
  4. RELAX
    We all know that stress increases the release of hormones that can delay healing and recovery. Taking care, doing gentle breathing exercises, and remembering to dedicate time to positive things can help improve patient outcomes and outlook.

Hospitals perform the following steps to manage patients in the program:

  1. Assess - The Risk Assessment Tool brings patient-specific risk stratification to the bedside:
    • Informed by over 300,000 operations in the MSQC database
    • Communication tool for shared decision-making
    • Web-based
    • Minimal time for data entry
    • Assists in identifying prehabilitation patients
  2. Enroll - MSHOP will provide participating hospitals with MSHOP kits, which include a pedometer, an incentive spirometer, as well as patient education materials. Staff will distribute kits to patients and enroll the patient into the Patient Tracker.

  3. Monitor - The Patient Tracker records activity and reminds patients to remain engaged in MSHOP by walking and using the incentive spirometer. Patients are able to respond to automated prompts using their choice of phone touchpad, text message, or email, which reminds them to enter the data into a secure website.

For more a more detailed overview, please read the program's Executive Summary, or learn the value of the program, who can participate, and how to get started.

Our hope is that, by empowering patients, they will optimize their surgical outcomes and improve their overall health.