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Improving Accommodation for Patient's Needs by Elizabeth Morales

By 2030, 20% of Americans will be ages 65 or older. Over 124 million Americans live with one or more chronic disorders, while more than half have multiple disorders. (National Center for Health Statistics, 2002). This is a result of the larger aging population. The United States focuses on acute care, leaving a gap for those with chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. According to William Richardson from the Kellogg Foundation, only a few clinical programs provide comprehensive services. (Richardson, 2002). 


Healthcare providers must work together to support patient self-management while encompassing regular face-to-face and electronic clinical follow–up meetings (DeBusk et al., 1994; Von Korff et al., 1997; Wagner et al., 2001; Wagner et al., 1996). Clinicians should be part of a team, provide patient-centered care, and be skilled in using informatics. Minorities often receive lower-quality care than Caucasians, even after accounting for differences in insurance, income, age, and condition severity (The Institute of Medicine). Addressing differences is crucial as they will become the majority in the United States by 2050. 


Approval in the workplace for patients with long-term COVID-19. Around 11% of people in the United States with COVID-19 infection were estimated to have long-term COVID-19, which limits their performance in major life activities. Accommodations under the ADA can help workers complete their jobs. Suspicions about long-term COVID-19’s authenticity stem from fear of disability fraud. They create barriers for patients to receive adequate accommodations, despite recent recognition of disability rights. 


References:

1. Richardson (2002), & DeBusk et al., 1994; Von Korff et al., 1997; Wagner et al., 2001; Wagner et al., 1996), & National Academies Press (US). “Challenges Facing the Health System and Implications for Educational Reform.” Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality - NCBI Bookshelf, 2003, 


2. Dorfman, D., & Berger, Z. (2023). Approving Workplace Accommodations for Patients with Long Covid — Advice for Clinicians. The New England Journal of Medicine, 388(23), 2115–2117. https://doi.org/10.1056/nejmp2302676

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