“There seems to be an ‘Oh she’s so neurotic’ attitude towards female chronic pain patients,” is how one woman described her experience with the healthcare system.
“I have seen many doctors...for my back pain and migraines and find that many of those doctors treat women as simple or stupid and direct questions or directions to male partners or friends,” wrote another woman. These are responses from an online survey
conducted by National Pain Report and For Grace, a non-profit foundation.
According to their survey, over 90% of women with chronic pain feel the healthcare system discriminates against female patients. The survey found that 84% feel they have been treated differently by doctors because of their sex and 65% feel doctors take them less seriously because they are females.
Chronic pain conditions in women, more often than not, are multifactorial in expression.
The National Pain Report adds comments like these from...
Common sense is a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things that can reasonably be expected of nearly all people without need for debate. It is defined as sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like.
Women tend to exercise common sense in the care of their family. People who come to me as an integrative and holistic doctor want to tell me their story. They want to share the narrative of what happened to them, and they want to tell me what has caused their pain. I want to know their story. I always focus on “what makes you tick and what makes you sick?” The language their illness speaks is the one that I must interpret. It’s only common sense.
In my career, I emphasize the role of the integrative practitioner as an interpreter of the language of the body that the person is speaking. I exhort you to “inquire within” to listen for the clues as to wh...
Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in Kaiser Health News, The Atlantic.com, New America Media, AARP.com and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College in New York City, and co-produces HealthStyles for WBAI-FM/Pacifica Radio.
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Too many physicians are prescribing opioid medications for hospitalized older adults who may not need them. A new study found that one-third of 10,000 older patients were prescribed opioid pain medications, including Percocet and OxyContin, while hospitalized for non-surgical conditions.
These patients had a longer length of stay (six days vs. four) and were more often readmitted within 30 days. They were also more likely to be restrained or have bladder catheters while hospitalized, according to the retrospective analysis.
An elegant solution is a term used in mathematics and software development that refers to a solution that solves a problem in the simplest, most effective way.
In light of the increase in consumer demand for homeopathy, the problem to be solved is explanation of the action of homeopathy, an adaptive network nanomedicine.
The elegant solution is a model for homeopathic remedy effects that is consumer pertinent.
The parallels between developers creating code for software systems and homeopaths creating code for the complex adaptive network systems that we define as human beings is striking.
The elegant solution for both include two specifications. The first: initial loading time must be minimal; that is, the software does not abuse computer resources.
The second would be that the software must achieve the desired result using optimal algorithms that guarantee the best efficiency of computer resources — one where objects are grouped according to a logical hierarchy based on function.
The benefits of the “whole person” orientation toward healing have been evident for many years now. However, mainstream healthcare in America has not embraced the concept; nor have they included it in hospitals, medical doctors’ care plans, or insurance reimbursement models.
Consumers, however, have consistently demanded access to disciplines “other than” traditional medicine. Those are often referred to as Complementary and Alternative Medicine, or CAM(CAM). The National Institute of Health (NIH) has a research arm called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) funded by Congress to study these approaches as to efficacy, cost savings and effectiveness.
CAM may be about to go mainstream however, because of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA offers an unparalleled opportunity to incorporate integrative healthcare practitioners into the payer system and make patient access to those practitioners across the country a reality.