Alcohol Abuse Among the Elderly

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Alcohol Abuse Among the Elderly

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Aging.com serves as a resource to help seniors and their families learn more about the specifics of planning for their later years. From aging in place to insurance to government programs, they’ve got what you need to know to continue enjoying a long, healthy life.

The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence points out that up to 11 percent of elderly hospital admissions are because of drug- and alcohol-related issues.

Learn more from the National Council for Aging Care

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Comprehensive, up-to-date. More resources at this site.

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https://www.aging.com/alcohol-abuse-amongst-the-elderly-a-complete-guide/

Engaging Family Caregivers as Partners in Care Transitions

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Engaging Family Caregivers as Partners in Care Transitions

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A United Hospital Fund Special Report by Carol Levine and others. The goal: to take on the challenge of examining how chronically ill patients are transitioned
from one care setting to the next, and how that transition could be improved by systematically involving family caregivers and arming them with better information, training, and support. Specific strategies to achieve that goal were:
• Inclusion of the family caregiver in medication reconciliation;
• Identification of post-discharge patient needs and discussion of patient discharge options with the
family caregiver;
• Discharge preparedness (training, expectations of the day of discharge);
• A well-orchestrated day of discharge;
• Closing the loop, including post-discharge communication with the family caregiver and the
receiving agency

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A book published in 2013. Pretty good

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https://uhfnyc.org/publications/880905

Society for Participatory Medicine

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Society for Participatory Medicine

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Participatory Medicine is a movement in which patients and health professionals actively collaborate and encourage one another as full partners in healthcare

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Great networking for people who want to drive their own train

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https://participatorymedicine.org/

https://twitter.com/S4PM

https://www.facebook.com/groups/participatorymedicine/

Recommendations for Building and Maintaining Trust in Clinical Decision Support Knowledge Artifacts

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Recommendations for Building and Maintaining Trust in Clinical Decision Support Knowledge Artifacts

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The Patient-Centered CDS Learning Network’s Trust Framework Working Group (TFWG) identified core attributes for trust (“trust attributes”): competency, compliance, consistency, discoverability, evidence-based, feedback and updating, organizational capacity, and patient-centered.

Middleton B, Platt JE, Richardson JE, Blumenfeld BH. Recommendations for Building and
Maintaining Trust in Clinical Decision Support Knowledge Artifacts. Research Triangle
Park, NC: Patient‐Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network; 2018 Sep p. 21.

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An academic view of trust in creating tools to help people and clinicians make choices in clinical care

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https://pccds-ln.org/sites/default/files/2018-09/TFWG%20White%20Paper_final.pdf

Curable Health Pain Management app

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Curable Health Pain Management app

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All three of Curable’s co-founders experienced chronic pain first-hand. The education and tools that we have packaged into the Curable program follow the same evidence-based strategies we used to recover from our own pain, including: degenerative disc disease, migraine, sciatica, RSI, knee pain, and more.

Thanks to modern neuroscience research and mindbody tools for chronic pain, we have our lives back. We believe that every pain sufferer deserves access to these tools, and are passionate about providing that.

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It costs, but it’s worth it

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https://www.curablehealth.com/

CHRONIC PAIN: A CYCLE OF STRESS AND PAIN

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CHRONIC PAIN: A CYCLE OF STRESS AND PAIN

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Everyday stressors have more of an impact on the body than most of us realize. Once stressors are identified, the brain begins to put the body into a state of fight or flight, causing real, physical effects in the body.

Over time, the brain and central nervous system learn to continue to put the body into a painful state, which repeats the pain cycle.

The Curable team utilized their knowledge of modern neuroscience to visually depict the stress-related chronic pain cycle. Please note that modern neuroscientists are still working to understand all the details of this cycle, but we believe this visual will help you grasp the concept on a deeper level.

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Nice graphic from Curable

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https://storage.googleapis.com/curable-www/images/web/curable-poster-chronic-pain_a-cycle-of-stress-and-pain.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKm2fyU9vvsl__2CRAArv1w

https://www.instagram.com/curablehealth/

https://twitter.com/curablehealth?lang=en

Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor

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Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor

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If you’re in the hospital or a doctor’s office with a painful problem, you’ll likely be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 – with 0 meaning no pain at all and 10 indicating the worst pain you can imagine. But many doctors and nurses say this rating system isn’t working and they’re trying a new approach.

The numeric pain scale may just be too simplistic, says Dr. John Markman, director of the Translational Pain Research Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. It can lead doctors to “treat by numbers,” he says and as a result, patients may not be getting the most effective treatment for their pain.

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Hate that pain scale vital sign. Meaningless

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https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/07/23/626202281/words-matter-when-talking-about-pain-with-your-doctor

Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science

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Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science

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Last year Ohio poured nearly $1 billion into fighting the crisis through prevention, treatment and law enforcement. But the state keeps surpassing its own grim statistics. Exasperated, local authorities have begun confronting the disaster from another angle—technology. In May the state signed off on Gov. John Kasich’s request to invest $20 million in accelerating high-tech scientific measures to address the situation. Universities, hospitals, and medical device manufacturers are now vying for grant money with proposals that include implantable therapeutic meshes and systems that deliver electric nerve jolts.

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Interesting technology

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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/engulfed-in-opioid-deaths-ohio-turns-to-science/