Download PDF by John Sloan: A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System Is Failing the Elderly

By John Sloan

ISBN-10: 1553654552

ISBN-13: 9781553654551

What’s worse than the failure of the overall healthiness care process to correctly take care of seniors? the truth that it’s really doing them damage. In A sour Pill, Dr. John Sloan investigates the explanations why the scientific neighborhood is not able to supply lasting healthiness to seniors, concluding that wrong assumptions have resulted in the present healthiness trouble one of the aged. In a notable argument, Sloan contends that clinical measures established in prevention truly do seniors extra damage than sturdy, diminishing their present caliber of existence within the hopes of forestalling destiny sickness. Sloan continues that we needs to comprehend what these ailing really want — the way to benefit from the ultimate phases in their lives. A worthy source for caregivers, nurses, medical professionals, and youngsters of the aged, this ebook may flip the tide of scientific false impression that has plagued the senior neighborhood.

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And reliability and consistency are important for several reasons. Business, insurers, government health care agencies, and policy makers all need reliability. More reliable care should mean a better outcome for a population, but we only get that if the health care rules that epidemiology coughs up for us are applied consistently. And the more consistency we accomplish, the less likely we are to accommodate the needs of outliers— oddballs. People who could never have been members of the original study population, who don’t fit the mold.

Comfort just means absence of misery— physical, psychological, or social. Textbook preventive treatment should only be considered if it improves or at least does not hinder comfort. One of the most grotesquely disturbing situations I see, especially when old people are in hospital, is the grim sacrifice of comfort in favor of the medical system’s priorities of rescue and prevention. Walking along a hospital hallway not long ago, I saw a very old man being wheeled on a stretcher into the mri suite.

Or of just being calloused and unfair. But instead of preparing for death, talking about it in a sensitive and forthright way, and focusing on comfort and function, we buy into the taboo on the subject. Death scares most people. And it is particularly upsetting to contemplate talking to somebody else about it, somebody for whom it might be coming along pretty soon, and with whom we may have a complicated, ambivalent relationship, carrying all the baggage of most of a lifetime. Part of the health care professional mindset is the tendency to put people into pigeonholes.

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