Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) means that a person is living with two or more chronic conditions at the same time. Currently, 1 out of 3 adult Americans have MCCs and for persons 65 and older 4 out of 5 Medicare Beneficiaries and a growing number of children have MCCs. This is the largest patient population and users of healthcare resources accounting for 64% of all clinician visits, 70% of all inpatient stays, 83% of all prescriptions, 71% of all healthcare spending, and 93% of Medicare spending.

Palliative care is symptom management in persons with multiple chronic conditions. The focus is on quality of life and not death. Palliative care should be integrated into the routine management of symptomatic chronic conditions such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease and others. The effective management of symptoms prevents disease exacerbation, reduces hospitalization, maintains physical functioning, and improves quality of life.

Palliative care is a team-based approach of healthcare professionals who provide interdisciplinary care to meet the complex care needs of patients living with limited-life threatening conditions.

Managing symptomatic multiple chronic conditions, prevents escalation and worsening of the underlying conditions. Proactive interventions to reduce the burden of symptoms such as pain, depression, insomnia, shortness of breath and others improves quality of life and promotes the ability to engage in meaningful and important activities.

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Comprehensive, Evidence-Based, Consensus Guidelines for Prescription of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)

Opioid prescribing in the United States is decreasing, however, the opioid epidemic is continuing at an uncontrollable rate. Available data show a significant number of opioid deaths, primarily associated with…
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Diagnostic Errors in Hospitalized Adults Who Died or Were Transferred to Intensive Care

How often do diagnostic errors happen in adult patients who are transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) or die in the hospital, what causes the errors, and what are…
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Introduction and Methodology: Standards of Care in Diabetes—2024

Diabetes is a complex, chronic condition requiring continuous medical care with multifactorial risk-reduction strategies beyond glycemic management.
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AHRQ Research Priorities and Compliance Guidance

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Providing high-quality care means providing safe, effective,…
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2024 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: A Report of US and Global Data From the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA), in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, annually reports the most up-to-date statistics related to heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular risk factors, including core…
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Medication Safety Resources for Healthcare Professionals

WEBINAR - Medication Safety: Protecting Your Patients… and Your Practice

Clinical practice is ever changing, especially related to medication safety and the prevention of adverse events. Are you using the latest evidence and best practices to protect your patients as well as your nursing practice? Learn about nurse accountability in today’s interdisciplinary, teamwork-based care systems. Panelists will also discuss risk, liability, and culture of safety strategies that focus on error prevention.

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The nurse’s role in medication safety

Patients have long associated trust and respect with nursing. However, recent incidents of nurses delivering inappropriate medications (wrong drug, wrong dose) have led to catastrophic consequences. Most notoriously, former nurse RaDonda Vaught was stripped of her nursing license and charged with reckless homicide and abuse of an impaired adult. She inadvertently injected the powerful paralyzer Norcuron (vecuronium bromide) into a 75-year-old patient for whom the provider had ordered Versed (midazolam).

Anticholinergics: Adverse effects

Anticholinergics, widely used in clinical practice for an extensive range of diseases, exert effects on circulation, respiration, alertness, and vision by blocking the action of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) within the choli­nergic sys­tem.


Providers prescribe benzodiazepines (BZDs)—also known as anxiolytics, hypnotics, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, and amnestic medications—to manage several symptoms and conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, sedation, muscle spasms, agitation, and seizures.

Opioids: Follow the evidence

To ensure safety and effective care, nurses must maintain their knowledge and understanding of opioid pharmacologic properties and best practices when caring for patients with acute and chronic non-cancer pain.

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News and Updates for the Patient and Family

Multivitamins and Cognition: New Data From COSMOS

New data from the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) suggest that a daily multivitamin may help protect the aging brain. However, at least one expert has concerns about…
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American Heart Association 8 Essential Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Longevity

Life’s Essential 8 are the key measures for improving and maintaining cardiovascular health, as defined by the American Heart Association. Better cardiovascular health helps lower the risk for heart disease,…
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WHO highlights high cost of physical inactivity in first-ever global report

Almost 500 million people will develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes or other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) attributable to physical inactivity, between 2020 and 2030, costing US$ 27 billion annually, if governments…
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Improving Nutrition to Turn the Tide on Diet-Related Chronic Disease

March is National Nutrition Month, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is shining a spotlight on the importance of good nutrition and the big impact it has on improving…
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Johns Hopkins Lipitz Center Winter 2022 Newsletter

The Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care is pleased to share the newly released ENGAGING AND SUPPORTING FAMILY CAREGIVERS IN CARE DELIVERY issue brief in this Winter 2022 Lipitz Quarterly…
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Dr Kim Kuebler Implementing Palliative Care in Multiple Chronic Conditions in the U.S.

Dr Arlene Bierman MD, MS, Director of Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr Joanne Lynn MD, MA, MS, Director Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute

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