Chronic Illness Essay

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Define chronic illness I think I have a good understanding about what chronic illness is and how it differs from acute illness. Acute illness and chronic illness are different types of illnesses so they are not managed in the same way. Acute illnesses are those that have a shorter duration and will resolve with time and treatment within a few months so the focus is on treatment how to get rid of the illness. Chronic illnesses on the other hand, have a longer duration and may even be lifelong this means that the focus is still on treating the illness, but in addition to the condition, the provider also focuses on helping the patient manage aspects of living with the condition for an extended period.
Recognize the impact of culture on clients
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For example, some cultures believe in herbal remedies for treatment of illness. Also, some people do not trust modern medicine so they either never seek medical attention or they wait until the last minute to get treatment for their illnesses. If a nurse works with a patient who has different cultural beliefs the nurse needs to ask about them. This is so that the nurse can honor as many of the beliefs as possible. Also, the nurse needs to know about any herbal or other alternative remedies so that the nurse can monitor for medication interactions.

Describe Theory of Goal Attainment and the relevance to nursing care of the client with chronic illness I think I have some understanding of the theory of goal attainment but I could learn more about it to deepen my understanding of the theory and how it applies to patients with chronic illness. The theory of goal attainment was developed in the 1960s by Imogene King. It is a theory developed to give a framework to help clients achieve their goals. This framework is about the interaction between the client’s social system, interpersonal system, and personal systems. The theory is focused on goals that the client sets. Describe the impact of chronic illnesses effects on clients and their
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Evidenced based strategies for managing diabetes include diet modifications, exercise, weight loss, and oral medications such as metformin with regular blood glucose monitoring. If those interventions are not enough to control blood glucose levels, then the client would be prescribed insulin in addition to diet and exercise. Treatment of hypertension which is another common chronic condition among American adults includes a low sodium diet, weight loss, and exercise. If that is not enough to get the patient’s blood pressure below 120/80 or what the providers thinks is the target level for the patient, then medications will be prescribed. First line medications for hypertension is usually hypertension and classes of diuretics are. Thiazide, potassium sparing, and loop. If diuretics aren’t enough to control blood pressure, then other medications such as beta blockers and ace inhibitors are used.

Apply knowledge and skills to plan care for clients living with chronic illness I have some understanding about what it means to plan care for people living with chronic illnesses. Planning care for people with chronic illness includes collaborating with other disciples. Some disciples that may be involved depending on the diagnosis include nutritionists, respiratory therapy, and occupational or physical therapy. Also, planning care involves figuring

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