In a JAMA Oncology article, researchers from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine are calling for key governmental agencies, medical associations, and oncology societies to collaborate on developing more consistent clinical opioid prescribing guidelines for patients with chronic cancer-related pain.
About 70 percent of all variations in health care outcomes are explained by individuals’ social conditions including housing, neighborhood conditions, and income, data show. In order to establish community cultures of health where people are empowered to live healthier lives, health care providers and community sector leaders in transportation, government, schools, and businesses must collaborate to address the social conditions that affect population health.
Despite the intensity of efforts launched in the past decade to understand how to reduce unnecessary healthcare utilization, reduce hospital readmissions and improve patient experience, patients and their family members still experience suboptimal transitions from hospital to home (i.e., care transitions). Importantly, little is known about what patients and their family caregivers actually experience and desire from this process.
At a day-long workshop, held at Penn Nursing, public health and criminal justice experts addressed how health and well-being are affected not only during incarceration, but after release, as well.