When I was in training, I was often advised to individualize care. This admonition was troubling, because it was inevitably the last comment and there were almost never any details on exactly how to individualize care! What factors should be considered, how are they prioritized, what nuances are needed?
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This week, Apple announced their forthcoming watch. I'm skeptical that this new wearable tool will be the 'next big thing' in health, in part because of the pricetag - $349 and a new iPhone 6 (a minimum of another $200 and a 2-year contract with AT&T). A couple of colleagues rebutted me on the price tag issue, noting that lots of lower middle-class and poor folks have what one might call fancy stuff - smartphones and flat-screen TVs (aren’t TVs almost all flat screens now?). One of these colleagues is African-American and does research among urban poor.
Diabetes is one of America’s biggest lurking health system catastrophes, which concerns us greatly at Sustainable Health Systems.
Here is the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) map of diabetes in 2011, about 95% of which is type 2 diabetes.
Americans are getting heavier and more sedentary, with an ever increasing prevalance of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, with subsequent development of vascular and kidney disease.
A June, 2014 update from the CDC says:
9.3% (~1 in 11) of Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes
Total annual cost of diabetes = $245 billion
This week, I welcome as co-authors three colleagues and dear friends who have worked with me on all 4 editions of the American College of Sports Medicine's textbook - ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Disease and Disabilities (aka CDD1-CDD4).
A recent headline in the Times of London (England) stated, “One in Three Now at Risk as Diabetes Levels Soar”. One public health official quoted in the article said "If a doctor sits you down and says 'If you carry on they way you are going, I believe within two years you will have diabetes, or heart disease, or cancer,' you will get people to sit up and take notice”. Take notice? Maybe.
In my last blog, we considered a lesson from my college calculus professor, that paths are more interesting than function graphs. Today, we’ll explore why it helps to see a patient’s health ecology as a life path rather than as a risk profile (a function graph), and how group visits can help that process.
From time-to-time, our blogs will discuss life’s paths, whether the discussion is about managing a health care practice or mentoring a patient. In today’s era of ‘big data’ it is common to graph associations and relationships that form health status, but under-appreciate the role of external forces and events that created the path to a particular health status.