As many pain sufferers know, pain is not only physiological but also psychological. Symptoms overlap. The same symptoms can even have different causes. This all makes pain difficult to study, diagnose, and treat. In recent years, however, there have been significant innovations in brain imaging, known as neuroimaging. These technological advances offer promising insights into how to treat pain. They also mean we know more about pain progression and diagnosis.
This train-the-trainer toolkit is intended for providers to standardize and improve the care they give to patients with COPD. It includes a patient-facing booklet and self-management tools, as well as slides, videos, and data tracking tools. The target audience is clinicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and providers of patients with COPD.
There are additional materials available including a presentation, pre- and post-assessment forms, a training evaluation, hands-on inhaler training.
As you look forward to Sukkot, you may have a few lingering thoughts from the reflection and retrospection of the High Holidays. Perhaps you promised to treat your body to more healthful, nutritious food. Or maybe your new goal is to take time out to observe Jewish holidays, or to just relax with friends over a good meal.
This can be a frustrating set of goals, since it often seems as though celebrating the Jewish holidays through food while still eating healthfully are irreconcilable endeavo...
When Ellen got sepsis, she didn’t know anything about it. She was seeing a big team of specialists and wasn’t provided with much education about it. Now, providers and patients are provided with more information, and there is more education about both sepsis and post-sepsis syndrome.
Part 3: After being discharged from the hospital Ellen was still very sick for a month. She was on prednisone and felt like her head was fuzzy. Now, whenever she gets sick, she goes straight to the ER and is tested for sepsis. With her history of sepsis, she is prone to it happening again. She also has a form of PTSD called post-sepsis syndrome.
Part 2: Hospital Stay and Treatment
Eight hours after being admitted, Ellen was still in the hospital. The doctors now wouldn’t send her home, because her pain continued and they couldn’t figure out why.
What follows is the story of a sepsis survivor, as told to Healthcentric Advisors. We have changed her name for anonymity.
Part 1: How it Started. Ellen started her day like any other. She was active and fit, and went to meet her sister-in-law for a spinning class. But something wasn’t right.
Part of the work that Healthcentric Advisors does in Skilled Nursing Facilities involves changing practices to be more trauma-informed. Seventy per cent of the frontline workers have had one adverse experience. This means that health workers themselves have their own triggers. Learning to recognize their own and those of the patients they serve is central to trauma-informed care.
A lot of workshops are mostly talking heads. Healthcentric Advisors’ work with nursing facilities is concrete, offering real solutions to real problems. In this third post, we talk about how our work’s concrete, real-world approach helps SNFs work towards their goals.
In this second post, we talk about how the demographics of nursing homes have changed, and its implications for providing the best care to all the residents. “When you think about nursing homes, you think about grandma” said Joshua Bernard. However, today’s nursing homes have a much higher proportion of residents with behavioral health issues."
This blog post is the first in a four-part series on the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Solutions Tour. In this first post, we talk about how important it is to have an actionable quality improvement plan, as well as how when Healthcentric staff go into many nursing homes, this is often not the case.
Medicare’s ACP codes underused: Are clinicians not having these conversations or not billing for them?
A study by Healthcentric Advisors’ Kimberly Pelland, Blake Morphis, and Rebekah Gardner . . . reveals the current status of advance care planning (ACP) conversations in healthcare settings across New England. It highlights opportunities to increase use of Medicare’s ACP codes.
Rhode Island has a high prevalence of mental illness. However, access to care is also
high. Any unmet needs are not entirely due to the availability of services, but rather due
to providers’ level of awareness of what resources exist and how to access them. This White Paper provides crucial background on the behavioral health (BH) landscape in RI, including stakeholder assessments and the convening of a coalition, reviews the BH Summit, and concludes with policy recommendations.
What Contributes to Physician Burnout? New Study by Healthcentric Advisors’ Dr. Rebekah L. Gardner Has Answers
In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Healthcentric Advisors and Brown University physician Dr. Rebekah L. Gardner looked at the relationship between health information technology (HIT)-related stress and physician burnout. She and her co-authors found that stress associated with HIT is in many cases associated with higher levels of physician burnout. In fact, those who agreed that electronic health records (EHRs) exacerbate their frustration...
When I first began taking trips to West Africa while working on my doctorate in African history, I assumed that while there I would keep my Judaism to myself. This was not out of fear of anti-Semitism, but, rather, I thought there would be no one to share it with. There, since my research is on Catholic education, I am often assumed to be Catholic. Even my name, which in the United States is generally a giveaway to my Jewish background, inspires amusing comments such as, “Rachel! What a good ...