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Case Management Advisor – April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

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  • Military Service Can Be a Social Determinant of Health

    It may help case managers identify obstacles and problems for patients who are serving or have served in the military if they view this service as a social determinant of health, a researcher suggests. Veterans struggle with many of the same social determinants of health as non-veterans, including housing instability, gambling, substance use, depression, food insecurity, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Post-Acute Care Transitions Were Problematic in Pandemic-Ravaged Areas

    The continuum of care hit roadblocks in some U.S. cities as the COVID-19 pandemic made post-acute care transitions extremely challenging. In New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in March and April 2020, case managers needed to transition patients from acute care beds quickly, but had to adjust to surge obstacles to their usual post-acute options, according to the results of a recent study.

  • Patients with Diabetes Might Need Help Using Mobile Apps for Self-Care

    New research suggests older patients with diabetes and depression are less likely to use a smartphone app to help with diabetes self-management. Self-care apps are an important tool, and use likely will increase as people become more comfortable using them.

  • Tools Keep Tabs on Patients Remotely, Predicting Outcomes and Conserving Resources

    Researchers developed an automated text messaging approach that can monitor patients who have been discharged from the ED. Other investigators have leveraged artificial intelligence to train an algorithm to help emergency clinicians better predict outcomes and manage resources.

  • Help Physicians, Nurses Overcome Fear of Seeking Assistance for Stress Relief

    Stress has long been a serious problem for physicians and nurses, but the added burden of COVID-19 is bringing attention to a particular challenge: All too often, clinicians are reluctant to seek the support of their employee assistance programs and other mental health resources available to them. A primary reason they avoid seeking help is that they fear they will face negative repercussions at work, even losing their jobs, according to recent research.