Welcome to the trends and analysis about patient advocacy brought to you by the Professional Patient Advocate Institute. These free insights are divided into the educational categories below.
The Essential of Post-Discharge Advocacy
By Arti Patel
Once a patient is discharged, the duties of an advocate or any medical professional are far from absolved – in fact, they are just getting started...
New Heart? Clinical News That Every Advocate Should Know
By Richard Scott
After undergoing a heart transplant, the chances of a patient surviving more than one year after the procedure greatly depend on the hospital in which the procedure was completed, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Medicine that draws a clear distinction between the long-term care received from low- and high-volume transplant centers...
Caring For Aging Parents: If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now
By Jacqueline Marcell
For eleven years I pleaded with my elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but after 55 years of loving each other he adamantly insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired to help him sighed in exasperation, "Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father – his temper is impossible to handle. I don't think he’ll accept help until he's on his knees himself.”
Next Phase of Homecare Growth: Age in Place Technologies
By Nina Dunn
In the coming years, Americans will face demographic changes that will fundamentally shift our healthcare system and the way we age. The sheer number of baby boomers approaching retirement age, their affluence and their more progressive view of technology all influence the development of scientific innovations that will enhance the quality of life for those who wish to age in place...
8 New Preventive Services for Women, as Recommended by IOM
By Emily Mullin
A report by the Institute of Medicine is recommending that insurance companies provide eight new preventive services to women at no cost – including free birth control – as part of new free benefits available to patients under the federal healthcare reform law.
Technology That Improves Post-Acute Transitions of Care
By Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN
Technologies for improving post-acute transitions demonstrate the value of health devices and computer-based technologies for enabling care that is more coordinated, informed and less error-prone. Technologies also help engage patients and caregivers in the care process, as home-use technologies can promote personal responsibility and support early patient education and activation on how to better monitor and manage health.
The Growing Importance of Cultural Competence in Healthcare
By Arti Patel
The American population continues to grow larger and more culturally diverse every year, and as the nation’s demographics are altered cultural competency within the healthcare field takes on a more significant role. Cultural beliefs, values systems, religious restrictions and language barriers are especially vital to patient advocates.