Mr. Jones had congestive heart failure, COPD and other chronic health problems. He was doing a poor job of taking his many prescribed medications. He made weekly visits to the Emergency Room. While he had low health literacy, a visit to his home by a medical student helped explain the impact of his health determinants.
Sam’s lack of social support, inflexible employers, pain, fatigue and lack of affordable services makes it hard for him to keep his chronic conditions under control. Claire’s anxiety, inconsistent support, lack of affordable medicines, and lack of between-visit care has made it difficult to maintain her health. Dorothy experiences inadequately trained caregivers, loneliness, depression, aches,
Three generations of family gather around a candle lit dinner of farm raised turkey, vegetable soup, corn, homemade bread and butter. The crackling fire provides warmth and comfort, helping them forget the sounds of the blustery winds and winter-like conditions outside. The adults each feel a sense of personal well-being. They have their health and
Stories can move us to tears, change our attitudes, opinions and behaviors. They even inspire us and change our brains, often for the better. Patient stories go beyond the statistics, quality measures, outcomes and cost to what makes us human: love, fear, anxiety, joy, sadness, dignity, pride, frustration and hope. Patient feelings, such as fear
It is July 1, 2017. A 67-year old man complaining of chest pain, shortness of breath and dizziness smartly calls 911 for an ambulance. The ambulance takes him to a nearby hospital. The medical staff examines the patient in the emergency room. They diagnose a heart attack (AMI – Acute Myocardial Infarction). They must quickly