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Educated Patients Can Be Their Own Best Care Providers

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on May 18, 2018 9:30:14 AM

The nation’s 65-and-older population is growing every year, from 35 million in 2000 to 53 million in 2020. As this “baby boomer” generation reaches the age where chronic diseases become more prevalent, many medical providers have wondered how it will change the healthcare landscape. Baby boomers bring a high level of consumer savvy and familiarity with technology to the healthcare system, and with that comes higher expectations for providers and increased awareness of their own health issues.  The influx of these people into chronic care management is likely to accelerate the movement of self-care, patient education, and whole person wellness, which stands to have a significant impact on the previously accepted state of the doctor-patient relationship.

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Topics: Prevention, Patient Education

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