Nsg4055 illness & disease management (discussion, just one page)
According to research, the most significant impact of chronic pain on patients with chronic illnesses is chronic pain. Chronic pain affects a patient’s physical and emotional health, social life, and daily activities. The constant presence of pain can lead to depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, decreased physical activity, and decreased ability to perform activities of daily living (Li, Wang, & Shi, 2019). In addition, chronic pain can also lead to social isolation, as patients may feel like they cannot participate in social activities due to their pain (Nikolajsen, Jensen, & Schrøder, 2017).
When comparing the impact of chronic pain on a twelve-year-old versus a seventy-five-year-old, there are some differences. Chronic pain can affect a 12-year-old’s ability to engage in sports and play with their friends. The pain may affect their ability to attend school and perform academically. On the other hand, for a seventy-five-year-old, chronic pain may affect their ability to perform activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, or cooking. This can also cause social isolation as the person may not be able to take part in family or friend activities.
The chronically ill patient’s illness trajectory influences the plan of care by providing information on the expected progression of the disease and the patient’s needs at different stages of the disease. For example, if a patient’s illness trajectory indicates that they will have frequent exacerbations, the plan of care should include strategies for managing these exacerbations, such as having medications readily available or having a plan in place for when to seek medical attention. In addition, the patient’s illness trajectory can also help identify potential complications of the disease, which can be addressed through preventative measures.
Healthy People 2030 focuses on improving health in the country by addressing certain health issues such as mental illness, substance abuse, chronic diseases, etc. I can incorporate these goals to my daily practice as a nurse by educating the patients about lifestyle and healthy behavior changes, which can prevent chronic diseases. These include healthy eating habits and regular physical exercise. In addition to promoting mental health, I also identify patients at risk of mental disorders and provide resources such as counseling or support groups. My nursing practice can help improve overall national health by addressing such issues.
Li, L., Wang, Y., & Shi, S. (2019). Chronic pain : risk factors, mechanisms and treatments. Molecular Pain 15, 1744806919870529.
Nikolajsen, L., Jensen, T. S., & Schrøder, H. D.