More Kids Are Getting Chemicals in Needs of Health Care

Washington DC (October 2 2019)-There are a lot of things patients may need to tell health care providers about their own health.

These physician-patient communications-nurses physicians and doctors and minimally-ambulatory members of the health care workforce-are written in a form commonly used on electronic health record systems in the United States and Canada. Called the NAC or treatment information for adults protected by Medicaid or Medicare that focuses on key medical developmental and behavioral features of the patient including its birth date sex race and ethnicity and social and behavioral characteristics.

While the questionnaire can help patients communicate with care providers about their own health and navigate their health-related needs its also important for providers to understand the patients actual health needs and potential symptoms as well as their treatment needs. Researchers say doctors should assess patients actual diagnoses and treatment needs make decisions to administer medications based on those needs and seek out the optimal treatment options. Their decision-making should be guided by patients specific needs and preferences as identified by the nurse physician andor nurse-practitioner.

Keep in mind that the reporters decision to reveal a patients health-related needs can affect clinicians ability to address some of the patients medical and behavioral needs according to the report in Mater Nurse and Physics Student covering the NAC at the PVO Surgery Center who sponsored the study.

Health care systems throughout the world are increasingly adopting the use of electronic health record systems as a tool to facilitate patient communication. However it is still unclear how much the medical and behavioral needs of each patient are known and how well they are represented in the system. Researchers say the NAC should be studied given its possible applicability to medical records and electronic disability claims.

The studys first author is Sarah L. Berndt PhD a research associate with the Mater clinic at the PVO who is a PVO surgeon and pediatrician. It was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and other health systems National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Mental Health and Health Services in the US and through funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (RIL).