Emotional ‘Grit’ Related to Function After Rotator Cuff Surgery

SAN DIEGO — A recent study suggests patients who have low “grit” may have worse functional outcome following rotator cuff surgery. Researchers from the University of North Carolina presented data on 126 patients undergoing rotator cuff repair (RCR) correlating a patient’s level of grit with functional outcomes following surgery.

The term “grit” recently was popularized with the 2016 publication of the book  Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance  by Angela Duckworth. Grit is defined as the ability to persevere and maintain a passion for long-term goals

Duckworth, a psychologist and and popular-science author, introduced readers to her work on the Grit Scale, a validated twelve-question measure that has been shown to correlate with achievement.



Dr Kurt Stoll

“There has been increasing evidence of the role psychosocial factors play in patient outcomes following orthopedic procedures,” Kurt Stoll, MD, lead author on the paper, told Medscape Medical News. “Given

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Department of Education Visits West Chester University, Highlights Health and Safety Measures, Encourages Students to Get COVID-19 Vaccination

West Chester, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega and Deputy Secretary Dr. Tanya I. Garcia visited West Chester University today and met with the campus president, administrators, students, professors, and staff to discuss campus health and safety measures and the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“As our institutions of higher education prepare for the new school year, we must continue to take necessary precautions to be safe,” said Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega. “I want to thank the West Chester community for their continued efforts to remain safe and encourage those who are eligible to get vaccinated. I am glad to join our postsecondary community to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus for a new academic year.”

While at West Chester, Secretary Ortega and Deputy Secretary Garcia also participated in a campus tour. They visited multiple school buildings and classrooms and met with

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