In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced a major change regarding dementia when they released DSM-5. The noticeable change was that the dementia chapter in DSM-5 is titled "Neurocognitive Disorders", whereas in DSM-IV it was titled "Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, and Other Cognitive Disorders."
, Alzheimer's Care
, Alzheimer's Disease
, Caregiver Burnout
, Dementia Care
, Elder Care
As healthcare professionals, it's important to understand the stress and challenges the primary caregiver is faced with on a daily basis. Many individuals who find themselves in the position of primary caregiver sometimes lack the knowledge of the disease process of Alzheimer's and what it means to be the caregiver.
With the opioid epidemic receiving increased attention over the last year, there is a lot of information available regarding opioid abuse. In particular, there has been a focus on the population aged 25-40 but there is also concern regarding opioid use/abuse amongst the elderly. The population of older adults who misuse opioids is projected to double from 2004 to 2020, from 1.2 percent to 2.4 percent.
In 2001, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) released their new pain management standards. These new standards led to a commonly held perception that should be seen as the "5th vital sign". At the time, patients' pain was not being managed well and the emphasis of the new guidelines was to address this concern. It is a commonly held belief that this led to a period of overprescribing that was one of the many factors that contributed to the opioid crisis.
As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, doctors may be replacing opioid prescriptions with suggestions to visit a local medical marijuana dispensary.
Life expectancy has dropped in America for the first time since 1999. The reasons for this are complex, but one of the main culprits is the growing opioid epidemic in this country. As opioid abuse and opioid-related deaths receive increased attention, we're starting to see best practices by healthcare providers change and evolve.
Suicide is a global public health problem. Worldwide, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals 10 - 24 years old. According to the CDC, in 2015, more than 5,900 young individuals in the US committed suicide - even more common are suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts.
Human trafficking is increasingly prevalent in our society and as healthcare professionals we encounter it more and more. Human trafficking is a criminal business that profits from the illegal transportation of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world today and second largest - second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms.
Why has this become such an issue in modern day America?
This month, we're discussing chronic pain and highlighting a recent guideline put out by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense outlining its appropriate management and treatment. Chronic pain is one of the most common medical conditions. In the U.S. alone, approximately 100 million adults experience chronic pain and, as a healthcare professional, you encounter individuals suffering from chronic pain at every level of your practice.
In this month's article we discuss the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Eligibility Act that was adopted in August, 2016. We hear from many professionals impacted by the NOTICE Act that adoption of the new rules and process has come with the standard set of growing pains and additional controversies. In this article, we'll discuss some of the most common controversies and points of confusion for both patients and professionals alike.