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Pain Management: Prevalence
Pain is a symptom or response to some type of noxious stimulus. Risk factors associated with pain include age, gender, ethnicity, family history, and genetic predisposition – all factors that can not be altered or corrected to minimize or eliminate pain. Other risk factors including lifestyle, occupation, and socio-economic status could, with some planning and interventions specific to the warning signs exhibited, decrease the occurrence rate and lengthen the remissions of the pain conditions themselves. Protection from further injury is the goal set in managing pain.
[Reference:PM, Pathophysiology, Module A: Economic Issue, Page 3] www.athenaforum.com

Women’s Health: Dietary Measures
Following a diet with proven results that can show improved quality of life and reduced cost of treating major diseases should be a drawing card for women. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats have been shown to decrease the mortality rate of both men and women. Research does show that the effects of diet impacts breast cancer but it also can with heart disease to a greater degree. A nutritious diet, such as a Mediterranean-type diet, can make the difference.
[Reference: WH, Module D: The Case Manager’s Role, page 14]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Pause for a Moment
Have you been criticized, attacked, and punished for your unintentional (low in negative impact) errors or are you given the chance to step out of your comfort zone and work through the ‘learning curves for greater opportunities in the department?’ Errors may be looked on as performance problems but may actually be first time attempts to move out of the status-quo comfort zone. Constructive advice and focused help with the chance to fix the problem goes a long way to learning, growing and being successful.

Psoriasis Awareness Month
In the Headlines . . .
“Public Comments – CMSA’s 2010 Draft”
The last time the Standards of Practice were revised was back in 2002. Case Management Society of America and other members of the Task Force are requesting your insightful and valuable comments for the new draft revisions. Changes in the industry as well as expansion of the case management role will be reflected in these standards. Join in the public commenting – you have until Monday August 31, 2009.
2010 Draft Revisions of
CMSA's Standards of Practice

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“2010 Call for Presentations Extension”
“Dreaming and Doing: Making a Difference Together” is the focus and direction of CMSA’s 20th Anniversary Conference. Preparations for the schedule of events and sessions is unfolding and with the overall response and interest in attending the convention, the deadline for submitting a presentation, has been extended to September 13, 2009. Offering a quick online application and submission form, CMSA is opening the door for your in-depth knowledge and impartial perspectives. Great opportunity for everyone.
Call For CMSA Presentations 2010 Extended

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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