What do you think about when you hear the terms “Medical Research” or “Clinical Trials”? Are you one of many of us who understand the value of research but cannot find the time to participate so leave it to others? But what if you could contribute to the ‘greater good’ whilst simply managing your own health condition? How worthwhile would it be to contribute your body (data) to science, with the goal being to drive improved population health for everyone, yourself included?
Everyone who has ever had anything to do with the medical field, either side of the fence, eventually accepts that we must take a long term view of medical progress, whether biomedical, technological or otherwise, and applaud “the modest but real incremental benefits” of the efforts to improve quality of life through medical advances. With thousands in Australia suffering spinal injury, through accident, illness or congenital disorder, no news can be more eagerly awaited tha
It has once again been brought home to me that we have lost the art of convalescing. In an effort to come up with some persuasive arguments to ‘take it easy, do as little as possible, look after yourself and let your body recover’, I came across two articles, one suggesting “These days we all rush back a normal life after illness – only to end up back in hospital” – how many of us has this happened to? And the other, more a history about The Forgotten Phase of Illness Recov
Whilst scientists continue working towards finding a cure for diabetes - Discovery of the “Lean Gene” may lead to new diabetes treatments - private health insurers are concerning themselves with the current surge in diabetes hospital admissions. With people not wanting to pay more for healthcare, insurers face a huge challenge ensuring quality outcomes and cost are not ‘either/or’ issues for healthcare.
According to an interesting and somewhat perplexing statistic in a recent The Conversation article: Almost 2% of all hospital beds are occupied by “maintenance care” patients. Many of them may be waiting to have home care arranged or are waiting for a bed in residential aged care.” The article continues: “The solution is not necessarily more hospital beds. A better answer might be to use existing beds better through better prevention, better discharge planning and improved e