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In some countries with universal or nationalized health care, a joint replacement is considered an elective procedure. That means the person chooses to have the operation but it's not an emergency procedure. So despite pain and loss of motion or function, that individual must wait in a queue (line) until the resources are available to them. This could take weeks to months. In the meantime, they are advised to stay active. What's the best way to do that? Should patients exercise on land or in a pool? Is one better than the other? That's what the researchers involved in this study wanted to find out. Physical therapists from down under (Australia) compared patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis exercising either on land (group one) or in a pool-based program (group two) while waiting for surgery. The patients were randomized (randomly placed) into one group or the other. They were all found to be medically fit and able to exercise. Both groups engaged in their respective exercise (land-...
Treatment for breast cancer is a long-term commitment. Initial treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can require trips to the hospital or doctor’s office for several months. You also may need to take medications for up to 5 or even 10 additional years to lower the risk that the cancer will come back.
You’ll get the best results from treatment when you follow your plan completely and on schedule. Doctors often call this "full compliance" or "full adherence." Staying on track can be challenging, though, especially after the first few months.
There are many different reasons why people may not follow their treatment plan as well as they should. Remember that these are common problems: If you're having them, you're not alone! But the more you stay on track, the more the treatment is likely to benefit you.
In this section, you can read more about these common problems and how to overcome them:
Forgetting to Take Medication
An updated clinical practice guideline released by the U.S. Public Health Service on May 7, 2008, identified new medication treatments that are effective for helping people quit smoking . No matter the level of addiction, anyone attempting to quit should consider trying at least one or more of the effective pharmacotherapies. The goal of cessation pharmacotherapy is to alleviate or diminish the symptoms of withdrawal . The more physically comfortable one is, the more likely the smoker will make a serious quit attempt and succeed in permanently quitting. Currently, the FDA-approved, first-line agents for smoking cessation include five nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and two non-nicotine medications. All of these medications were found to be effective first-line medications in the guideline’s meta-analyses. There is no question that the odds of a smoker quitting are increased by using a pharmacological treatment. In addition, multiple co...
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