REVIEW OF CURRENT HEALTHCARE ISSUES
If you were to ask 10 people what they believe to be the most significant issue facing healthcare today, you might get 10 different answers. Escalating costs? Regulation? Technology disruption? Social Determinant such as environment/community, education, access/quality to healthcare?
These and many other topics are worthy of discussion. Not surprisingly, much has been said in the research, within the profession, and in the news about these topics. Whether they are issues of finance, quality, workload, or outcomes, there is no shortage of changes to be addressed.
In this Discussion, you examine a national healthcare issue and consider how that issue may impact your work setting. You also analyze how your organization has responded to this issue.
Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.
Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.
Review the Resources and select one current national healthcare issue/stressor to focus on.
Reflect on the current national healthcare issue/stressor you selected and think about how this issue/stressor may be addressed in your work setting.
BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 1
Post a description of the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected for analysis, and explain how the healthcare issue/stressor may impact your work setting. Which social determinant(s) most affects this health issue? Then, describe how your health system work setting has responded to the healthcare issue/stressor, including a description of what changes may have been implemented. Be specific and provide examples.
BY DAY 6 OF WEEK 1
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days who chose a different national healthcare issue/stressor than you selected. Explain how their chosen national healthcare issue/stressor may also impact your work setting and what (if anything) is being done to address the national healthcare issue/stressor.
The ongoing opioid crisis is a national healthcare problem that has been a severe stressor in recent years. The prevalence of opioid addiction and overdoses in the US has led to a considerable rise in healthcare expenses and a negative impact on the quality of life for addicts and their families (Jones et al., 2022).
The opioid pandemic has had a variety of effects on healthcare settings. Increased demand for services, lengthier wait times, and a requirement for advanced training for medical practitioners may result in people seeking treatment for addiction and overdose. Because treating opioid addiction may be costly and frequently requires a combination of…
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