A recent study on differences in the education of patients with chronic illnesses by the provider type caught my attention. The study, in the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease, claimed that physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are more likely than physicians to advise patients with chronic illnesses on how to live healthier lives. The reasons for this claim seemed a little unclear to those who conducted the study, but for me, it hardly takes a data set to explain. After reading this study I started to think about the differences in types of medical education, the high volume of patients physicians see, and my own personal experiences. Continue reading “Treating the Whole Patient: A Response to the CDC’s study; Preventing Chronic Disease” »
When patients are discharged from the hospital, an important aspect of their care includes taking prescribed medications. The problem is that many patients are unable to fill their prescriptions, and if they are filled, many forget to take them or forget what their discharge instructions were in general. When this happens it can lead to unnecessary readmissions and poor patient outcomes.
There are a couple strategies that help to improve medication adherence and they can range from the following: Continue reading “Are Your Patients Taking Their Medications?” »