Care Pathway Management - Gentium Healthcare

Care Pathway Management

The process followed in the treatment of a particular disease significantly determines patient outcomes. The process depends on the nature of the condition or specific needs of the patient. It is important to optimize this process, otherwise referred to as a care pathway, by improving the quality and efficiency existing in healthcare, cooperation between healthcare professionals, and eventually patient satisfaction. According toAgarana& Olokunde (2015), care pathways help health professionals to identify the right steps to take during treatment, largely because healthcare needs are unique to each patient.

Optimizing the care pathway often comes with the challenge of unclear cost-effectiveness even as new technologies offer the promise of improved outcomes.De Vries et al. (2007) also identify co-morbidity, cognitive impairments, poly-pharmacy, emotional problems, sensory impairment, functional limitations, and lack of social support as some of the problems that medical and nursing staff in oncology for older cancer patients face in their care pathway management process.

Although there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the challenges facing clinicians in optimizing the care pathway today, Brufsky& Lokay (2013) found in a study that clinical pathways program rooted in patient-specific web-based decision support tool can help reduce unnecessary variability and drive adherence to evidence-based medicine eventually decreasing the growth in cancer care costs.

References

Agarana, M.C., and Olokunde, T.O., 2015. Optimization of Healthcare Pathways in Covenant University Health Centre Using Linear Programming Model. Far East Journal of Applied Mathematics91(3), p.215.

Brufsky, A. and Lokay, K., 2013. How to develop and deliver pathway-based care. Hematology/Oncology Clinics27(4), pp.843-850.

De Vries, M., van Weert, J.C., Jansen, J., Lemmens, V.E. and Maas, H.A., 2007. Step by step development of clinical care pathways for older cancer patients: Necessary or desirable?. European journal of cancer43(15), pp.2170-2178.

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Side Effects Management - Gentium Healthcare

Side Effects Management

Advancements in technology have availed an enormous range of treatment regimens for both diagnostic and clinical care. Still, some of these treatments come with mild to severe side effects that can make treatment management a major challenge for patients and healthcare providers. As WebMD’s Amanda MacMillan observes, prescription drugs can cause nausea, constipation, diarrhea, or other stomach problems since they pass through the digestive system.

Most side effects go unnoticed as they are mild. However, severe side effects can lead to both direct and indirect costs, in addition to impacting the health of the patient. Discontinuation of medication because of the severity of side effects, for instance, may often mean that a patient has to resort to a different treatment plan altogether – at additional costs. 

Fortunately, there are ways through which patients can manage side effects and experience better therapy experience. Healthcare providers play a key role in ensuring proper side effects management and treatment decision making or decision regarding discontinuation of a given treatment regimen in the event of severe side effects.

One way to help patients to manage treatment side effects is to provide them with information on how to do it and the means to report side effects. Any of these efforts must be in compliance with local regulations for collecting and reporting adverse events, loss/lack of efficacy, and product quality complaints.

References

Waters, E.A., Pachur, T. and Colditz, G.A., 2017. Side effect perceptions and their impact on treatment decisions in women. Medical Decision Making37(3), pp.193-203.

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Treatment Management - Gentium Healthcare

Treatment Management

Today there are nearly unlimited treatment options and therapy tools for various diseases. This kind of development means that there is a huge spectrum of modalities for diagnostic and clinical procedures, which provides a new outlook and opportunities on successful treatment for various patients.

Nonetheless, Alkhatlan Haya and colleagues argue in their Alexandria Journal of Medicine (2017) that it remains a major challenge to decide on the optimum treatment strategy for any patient, largely because all prognostic forecasts are based on statistics that are sometimes challenging to interpret. Also, physicians increasingly rely on information they receive from patients to determine the course of treatment.

Dhawale et al. (2017) identify web-based data banks and literature searches among other sources as some of the resources that patients use to obtain the information they present to their physicians when seeking treatment. Against this backdrop, it is necessary to increase access to health information in the general population so that patients and physicians alike can have better access to information for better treatment outcomes.

Studies suggest that focus should be put on the internet as an information platform. Availing care information on the internet can be an efficient way to close the gap in health literacy and increase the use of health information technology, eventually boosting patient self-management.

References

Alkhatlan, H.M., Rahman, K.F. and Aljazzaf, B.H., 2017. Factors affecting seeking health-related information through the internet among patients in Kuwait. Alexandria Journal of Medicine.

Dhawale, T., Steuten, L.M. and Deeg, H.J., 2017. The uncertainty of Physicians and Patients in Medical Decision Making.

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