CV Risk:Questions about Options When our patients are given their specific diagnosis and preliminary treatment plan, feelings and emotions flood their minds and often prevent them from hearing and participating fully in the decision-making. With options for treatments being provided by the physician, the decision in choosing the right one must be based on answers received from the physician. Can you identify a few questions that your patient may ask the physician before moving forward on the plan of care?
RA:Pharmacologic Agents Rheumatologists who treat one-third of the patients in the U.S. use a plan that combines therapies. Based on the premise that the combination therapy achieves an additive or synergistic effect, the outcome is beneficial and limits the amount of toxicity in using the agents as identified. What is the unwritten rule that accompanies this method of treatment? Check out the grid that compares monotherapy versus combination therapy
A Time and Place Focusing and strategically acting on the challenging activities of case management requires skills specific to managing your time. Experts abound with suggestions and directives applicable to the working population. We are all familiar with the phrases of ‘time is money’ and ‘only time will tell’ but do we truly try to manage our times when so much is expected of us? There are ample tips that can be specifically applied to our roles as Case Managers as well as for those other ‘hats’ we wear each and every day. In the next few weeks we will identify and speak briefly on these tips.
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“Many Americans Share Prescription Meds”
A recent survey reported and noted some disturbing and risky practices among the U.S. population when sharing their own medications (23%). Twenty-seven percent borrowed them and 16% shared and borrowed their prescription drugs. Allergy pills, analgesics and antibiotics were the top category of drugs identified. Convenience, a quick fix or just experiencing a thrill covered some of the reasons noted in the study that will be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The FDA has guidelines that specifically identify proper medication usage. In your patient teaching, provide ample information that stresses the outcomes of not completing the antibiotic regime or possible toxic resulting in the use of another prescription not prescribed for them. http://healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=614989 http://www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/medsafe.html
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