Illness Disease Management Across Life Span

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Discussion Question
There are many factors that affect chronic illness—chronic pain, stigma, social isolation, altered mobility, or fatigue. Utilizing your learning from your readings and the South University Online Library resources, respond to one the following questions:

Based on the research, which of these factors have the greatest impact on a patient? Why? Contrast at least two ways the factors would affect a twelve-year-old with the way they would affect a seventy-five-year-old.
Consider the twelve-year-old and the seventy-five-year-old have a chronic illness. How does the chronically ill patient’s illness trajectory influence the plan of care?
Review Healthypeople.gov website. Discuss how you feel these goals will impact the health of the nation. Briefly discuss how you could incorporate these goals/objectives into your day-to-day nursing practice.
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Illness Disease Management Across Life Span
The factors indicated have varied impacts on the patients suffering from chronic illness. For instance, person suffering from HIV are adversely affected by stigma and social isolation whereby a person suffering from stroke will be adversely affected by fatigue and difficult mobility. Among all the factors, I think that stigma has the greatest and worse impact on the patients. It is because stigma is not directly related to any disease process. Stigma is created by individual through a social process rather than actual physiological element of the illness. Many patients suffering from chronic illness often requires counselling to overcome the negative impacts of stigma (Hamine, et al., 2015). People will have negative perception about them making them to feel worse about themselves.
Stigma could affect a twelve-year old in different ways from a seventy-five-year-old. A 12-year old’s self-esteem and confidence will be affected. The young children will not have the mental strength to withstanding the stigma associated with chronic illness and thus, lowering their self-esteem and confidence (Hamine, et al., 2015). In contrast, a 75-year old patient’s confidence and self-esteem will not be adversely affected by suffering from chronic illness. It is because they are mature and understands the implications of chronic illness. Chronic pain for both the 12-year old and the 75-year old might be the same. In terms of fatigue, the 75-year old will suffer more fatigue than the 12-year-old because of their old age.
The trajectory of chronically ill patient’s illness will affect the plan of care for both the 12-year-old and the 75-year old. For a 12-year-old, the plan of care will involve looking for potential treatment options for the patient. On the other hand, the plan of care for 75-year-old will involve reducing chronic pain and helping them to sustain their life.
The healthypeople goals will be able to improve the overall health care of the U.S. The health goas are committed towards improving quality health care delivery and improving equality in health care administration. These goals can be integrated into the daily nursing practice through formulating health policies and guidelines that encourages the enforcement of these healthypeople goals and vision.

Reference
Hamine, S., Gerth-Guyette, E., Faulx, D., Green, B. B., & Ginsburg, A. S. (2015). Impact of mHealth chronic disease management on treatment adherence and patient outcomes: a systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(2).

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