Disease Management Sourcebook

Image of the book cover for 'Disease Management Sourcebook'
Author: Angela Williams
Affiliation: Omnigraphics, Inc.
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.
Publication Date: 2020
ISBN 10: 0780817761
ISBN 13: 9780780817760
eISBN: 9780780817777
Edition: 3rd
Making informed healthcare decisions is vital to everyone. It is particularly important to the those who are living with chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 6 in 10 people in the United States are having chronic diseases and 4 in 10 have 2 or more chronic diseases. Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. It is estimated that only 12 percent of adults have proficient health literacy. In other words, nearly 9 out of 10 adults may lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease. These adults were more likely to report their health as poor and are more likely to lack health insurance than adults with proficient health literacy. Low literacy has been linked to poor health outcomes such as higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventive services. Both of these outcomes are associated with higher healthcare costs. Disease Management Sourcebook, Third Edition addresses these concerns by providing facts about navigating the healthcare system, communicating with healthcare providers, and finding and evaluating health information. It discusses patient rights and responsibilities, privacy, medical errors, and healthcare fraud. It explains assistive technologies available to help people who have chronic illnesses and provides tips for dealing with legal, financial, and health insurance matters. Facts about medications- including prescription, generic, over-the-counter, and counterfeit drugs-are included. The book's end section features a glossary and directories of resources for patients and their families and caregivers. This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.
Related Titles