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Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy
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Patient Empowerment (Overview)

Patient empowerment is the act of encouraging the patient to make lifestyle changes to positively impact their health.


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Can you please explain why empowerment is important in a nursing home?

Can you please explain why empowerment is important in a nursing home?

See below: People who live in a nursing home have very little control over their environment, e.g. Medication, meals, showers, outings, etc are all done on schedule where the resident has little say. To get back a sense of control, the resident might try to take control over any aspect of the environment, e.g. Refusing meds, showers, etc. Therefore, being on resident committee might be very empowering. ...Read more

Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy
179 doctors shared insights

Patient Empowerment (Overview)

Patient empowerment is the act of encouraging the patient to make lifestyle changes to positively impact their health.


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How does the concept of empowerment relate to one's mental health?

That's a big one!: I can't do it justice here. A basic human need is a sense of agency, or "empowerment." We often act in problematic ways in search of this feeling, so learning to gain a sense of agency in healthy ways is important. Empowerment is particularly healthy when it boosts compassion for self and others. Ironically, we often must let go of our need for control to gain a sense of empowerment. ...Read more

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Nutrition support for patient s/p Whipple.

Nutrition support for patient s/p Whipple.

Short term;long term: If no j-tube (feeding tube), oral diet will be started with clear liquids & slowly advance to solid food. Eating small, frequent (6-8) meals is usually a good idea as is avoiding greasy and fried foods. Gradually increase raw fruits and vegetables. 8-10 cups water/day, but limit liquids with meals. Consider high calorie beverages: smoothies/supplement drinks. Pancreatic enzymes/vits may be needed ...Read more

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I student studying medicine .. Just 3 years to be G.P This years we practice in hospitals and I meet a lot of patients .. So how can protect myself.

I student studying medicine ..
Just 3 years to be G.P

This years we practice in hospitals and I meet a lot of patients ..
So how can protect myself.

Universal precaution: They should be providing lots of education on universal precautions in your medical training. Wash hands with soap and water, wear gloves when examining patients, put on mask/eye protection/gown if splash of blood or bodily fluids is likely, follow any "isolation" rules for patient, and discard all waste/needles appropriately. Have fun. ...Read more

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What causes uncontrolled urination in elders ? P.S the patient has diabetes

What causes uncontrolled urination in elders ? P.S the patient has diabetes

Diabetes: Poorly controlled diabetes can affect nerves to the bladder. Patients have trouble urinating and emptying their bladder completely. This causes frequent urination. ...Read more

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What can a colosterol patient eat?

What can a colosterol patient eat?

Healthy: Eat a healthy diet, ideally all plant-based. Cholesterol is only in animal cells so if you don't eat any animal products (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy), you cannot get exogenous cholesterol. You may have a genetic/family predisposition to high cholesterol anyway but medicine will treat that. For diet, eat lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts. Exercise daily even walking. ...Read more

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Acidity is bad for malena patient?

Acidity is bad for malena patient?

Malena is bad : Bleeding in the GI tract resulting in malena is bad with or without aciditiy and needs evaluation immediately. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/nbk411/. ...Read more

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Patient has removed this question.

Patient has removed this question.

Not herpes: This cannot possibly be herpes if you have never had sexual contact with another person. And this doesn't sound like herpes anyway. On dry skin like the penis, herpes lesions go from red bump to blister to pimple to open sore to scab over 1-2 weeks. "Yellowish bumps" probably are normal, maybe just hair follicles or sebaceous glands that appear more prominent with sexual maturity. ...Read more