V10-1: Tackling Chronic Pain Trough Symptom Management

Chronic pain is emerging as a major health concern. It has negative impacts on patients, their families, and society as a whole. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that chronic pain leads to $560 billion each year in direct medical costs, lost productivity, and disability programs.

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In addition, a growing number of deaths are caused by pain medicine overdose.

V9-4: Health Benefits of Social Interaction

If you are elderly and living alone, or a time-consumed caregiver for someone with a serious illness, you may find yourself removed from day-to-day interactions with others, leaving you feeling especially secluded and lonely.


“People who are chronically lacking in social contacts are more likely to experience elevated levels of stress”, according to an article in the New York Times.

V9-2: Dementia and Non-Cancer Patients Benefit from Hospice Care

More and more Americans turn to hospice care when facing a life-limiting illness, and of these patients, a growing majority have an illness other than cancer.

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This is according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), which recently published a report providing an overview of hospice care

V7-4: Heart and Stroke Patients and their Families Benefit

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are following anew policy, which stresses the important of palliative and hospice care for patients with advanced heart disease and those who have a stroke. The associations recommend an early start to palliative care and referral to hospice when patients can benefit from end-of-life care.