Chronic noncancer pain is now considered a global epidemic and a public health problem in the United States, partly owing to its prevalence, underdiagnosis, and undertreatment.
Agitation includes a spectrum of abnormal behavioral manifestations that are frequently observed in individuals with psychiatric illnesses, including those with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Comprehensive asthma management comprises several key components of care, including: (1) the assessment and monitoring of current severity of asthma and the future risk for exacerbations; (2) partnership between the patient and the treatment team; (3) control of environmental factors and comorbid conditions; and (4) pharmacologic therapy.
Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million US adults, and has devastating consequences on quality of life (QoL) and functional status.
Asthma is a prevalent chronic condition that affects 235 million individuals worldwide, including children and adults. In the United States, an estimated 24.6 million people or 8.2% of the US population have asthma, and nearly half of these individuals experience at least 1 asthma exacerbation yearly.
In the past several years, there have been significant changes in the management of asthma in the United States, beginning with the publication of the updated Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma in the Expert Panel Report 3 of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) in 2007.
More than 5% of individuals in the United States are diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; these conditions can have a significant impact on health economics and personal productivity.
Managed care organizations (MCOs) must play a pivotal role in the management of patients with chronic pain.
According to the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million individuals in the United States. Lower back pain (27%), severe headache or migraine (15%), and neck pain (15%) are among the most frequently reported pain conditions. The prevalence of pain is likely to increase in the future with the aging of the US population and with the increase in the number of injured military personnel.
Diabetes is a complex, chronic disease that is characterized by poor glycemic control and results from impaired insulin secretion, impaired insulin action, or both. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and accounts for more than 90% of the estimated 29.1 million cases in the United States.
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