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Occupational medicine may help patients with multiple chronic conditions
04.18.2012Patients with multiple chronic health conditions may be best served by receiving health interventions that target their specific problems and any disabilities they may have, according to a new study published in the Cochrane Library. The researchers recommended developing occupational medicine goals for these individuals.
For the study, a team of researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland reviewed findings from 10 previously published investigations that looked at the best treatments for patients with multiple chronic diseases.
The results showed that patients who received therapies that were personalized to their specific needs had the best outcomes. Many patients saw significant improvements in their condition when occupational medicine was combined with physical therapy. These treatments helped participants improve their ability to care for themselves and avoid disability.
The researchers said their findings indicate that there is no one-size-fits-all approach that works for every patient with multiple chronic diseases. Instead, doctors should work to develop treatment strategies that are personalized for every patient. All people with illness have different goals. Taking these wishes into consideration, as well as each individual's level of disability, may lead to the best outcomes.
Findings from the investigation are particularly relevant in today's healthcare climate. Half of all adults have at least one chronic disease and 25 percent of people have multiple physical limitations due to their illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Developing strategies to help these individuals manage their conditions and live healthier lives could contribute to lower healthcare costs and improved treatment outcomes for millions of people. Developing occupational medicine goals for some of these patients could play an important role in this.
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