Getting patients to consistently follow treatment plans, especially when self-management and prevention are major components, is no easy feat. But can we really blame them? We’re expecting patients with chronic disease to develop new skills, knowledge and habits almost overnight.
Whole-person care is somewhat of a controversial topic these days. Connotations of employee wellness programs gone wrong and images of snake oil salesmen may come to mind for many - both patients and healthcare providers.
While much is being written on the topic, the concept of whole person wellness is hard to define. Some refer to it as “quality of life.” Others refer to it as the presence of positive emotions or moods and even satisfaction with life.
In recent years diabetes has skyrocketed. About 9.4% of the American population currently has diabetes. While that percentage is staggering, the numbers will only rise further. Another 84.1 million people have pre-diabetes, meaning diabetes is set to explode nationwide.
Studies show that people living with chronic conditions benefit from human support in the form of online communities, where they can interact with peers and help each other achieve lasting change.
In the United States healthcare spending per capita ranges from 50 to 200 percent higher than in other developed countries. Despite the rise in cost, life expectancy has dropped for three years straight in the U.S. So while healthcare costs are rising, quality of care isn’t necessarily following suit.
The healthcare system has been traditionally focused on disease management and helping sick people.It hasn’t been so good at helping people not get sick in the first place. While we’ve started to pinpoint patients who are at risk for chronic illness, getting those patients to take action to not get sick has been a different story.