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How to Make Sense of the Ever-Confusing Healthcare Terminology

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Care coordination. Continuity of care. Team planning. Care manager. Or how about cognitive capacity, disorientation, palliative, terminal, agitated, delirious, Demented…..AHH! There are so many terms that healthcare professionals toss around casually and families and patients struggle to follow along and understand what symptoms are present, what it means and what treatment is available. Language in the healthcare world can be confusing for even the most sophisticated people and more than that, each clinic, facility, hospital, or rehab center may have a completely different meaning to the terms we think we understand.

So how can we as healthcare consumers be the best advocate for ourselves and our loved ones? This week’s guest, Carole Levine, the director of Families and Health Care Project at United Hospital Fund in New York discusses how to demystify the healthcare and social service terminology. Listen here.

Did you like this podcast? Would you like to hear more from Stephanie Erickson? Now that you’ve learned more about terminology, let’s read into how you can use technology to change the aging experience. “Change the aging experience by Stephanie Erickson is an article that gives you tons of resources all directed at the aging population. Whether it be an app, or program or machine, they are all broken down into groups of when they would be of use and why they would be of use in that situation.


  • […] Dr. Goldman shared the WHO definition as: ‘palliative care as an approach that improved the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. It’s an approach that affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; intends neither to hasten or postpone death, offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death, and is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies.’ If you are still confused, here is how you can make sense of health-care terminology. […]

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