Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

New Attitude Urged on Disease Management: Seen as Time Consuming

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

New Attitude Urged on Disease Management: Seen as Time Consuming

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BALTIMORE -- Do the words "disease management" make you think of doing more work without any benefit? If so, that's because disease management programs haven't been doing enough to gain support from physicians, Dr. Bob Kolock said at a meeting sponsored by the heath care education company Train for HIPAA.

"The effects of disease management can grow if we get enthusiastic participation of the physician community," said Dr. Kolock, who is medical director of the Health Management Corporation of Richmond, Va. "But that's not easy, nor do we expect it to be."

Many physicians shun disease management programs because they see them as too time consuming. Dr. Kolock's company thought it was doing a great job with the form doctors had to use in its program, "but the doctors thought it was too long and too tedious. So we made it shorter and used checkoffs."

Disease management programs should use nurses to educate patients about managing their illnesses. …

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