The Importance of Learning About Your Health

Can you answer these three questions from the Brief Health Literacy Screen (BHLS): How confident are you in filling out medical forms on your own?; How often do you have someone help you read hospital materials?;How often do you have problems learning about your medical condition because of difficulty understanding written information?They appear simple. Many people I think would say Very, Never, and Never. But then if you add in the complication of not knowing English very well, a lower level of education, or just being sick and not clear headed at the time, those could change easily to: Not at all, Often, and Frequently.What is the result of this kind of problem? Longer hospital stays for one:" Using the BHLS screen, 20% (1104/5540) had inadequate health literacy. Patients with low health literacy had an 11% longer average length of stay (6.0 vs 5.4 days). Among men, low health literacy was associated with a 17.8% longer length of stay, and among women, low health literacy was associated with a 7.7% longer length of stay. "Longer hospital stays result in more exposure to germs, bigger bills, less rest for the patient (who ever gets a good night's sleep in a hospital) which ends up with more patient stress.A recent study showed all this and more. Read ithere.
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: education hospital knowledge learning medical care Source Type: blogs

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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
ConclusionsResults point to specific psychological processes that may be targeted to maximize the efficacy of future MBSR interventions for cancer survivors.
Source: Mindfulness - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study identified groups of breast cancer patients with differentially severe sleep disturbance and CRF symptom profiles prior to and during chemotherapy. Identifying groups with different symptom management needs and distinguishing groups by baseline sociodemographic/medical variables can identify patients at risk for greater symptom burden.
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
DiscussionIn view of the high prevalence of breast cancer among women, the implementation of a specific protocol of Pilates solo and belly dancing for patients with breast cancer is important, considering the necessity to improve their physical and psychological quality of life. Pilates solo and belly dancing are two types of physical activity that involve mental and physical concentration, music, upper limb movements, femininity, and social involvement. An intervention with these two physical activities could offer options of supportive care to women with breast cancer undergoing treatment, with the aim being to improve p...
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
The dangers of alcohol begin at the first sip of the first drink. Although most responsible drinking habits shouldn’t be cause for major concern, everyone who drinks runs the risk of encountering the negative effects of alcohol. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans defines moderate drinking as up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.  A single drink is considered as: 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content) 8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content) 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content) 1.5 ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism alcohol abuse alcohol dependence alcohol dependency alcohol detox alcohol treatment alcohol treatment center alcohol treatment facility Alcoholics Anonymous Source Type: blogs
Conclusions: Overall, findings of this study confirm that a self-administered preventive intervention for insomnia is feasible and a promising approach in breast cancer patients about to initiate chemotherapy. PMID: 31873040 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Behavioral Sleep Medicine - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Behav Sleep Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The PSAI was beneficial as complementary therapy in the women studied. Larger randomized controlled trials with longer follow-up are needed to ascertain these findings. PMID: 31901782 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Breast - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Breast Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To identify symptom clusters in breast cancer survivors and to determine sociodemographic and clinical characteristics influencing symptom cluster membership. SAMPLE & SETTING: The authors performed a cross-sectional secondary analysis of data obtained from a community-based cancer registry-linked survey with 1,500 breast cancer survivors 6-13 months following a breast cancer diagnosis. METHODS & VARIABLES: Symptom clusters were identified using latent class profile analysis of four patient-reported symptoms (pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and depression) with custom PROMI...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research
At the eyeforpharma Awards we strive to reward, support and incentivise innovation, especially when it comes to the value pharma offers patients and customers. We only recognize meaningful innovation which takes our industry, our reputation and our impact forward and the entries are measured objectively by external judges.  I was amazed by the quality of entries this year. With 500 nominations, our judges – a mixture of patients and health professionals – deliberated hard for many hours, finally settling on just 16 winners, each exemplifying the very best work in pharma.   By ‘best’...
Source: EyeForPharma - Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Source Type: news
Last year, Vayyar Imaging, a leader in 4D imaging technology, announced its next-generation CMOS System on a Chip technology and made its first foray into remote patient monitoring with Walabot HOME. Vayyar’s latest announcement came out last w...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Exclusive Source Type: blogs
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