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How to Make Sense of Healthcare Terminology

How to Make Sense of Healthcare Terminology

by STEPHANIE ERICKSON
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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 health care professionals toss around casually that families and patients often struggle to follow along, understand what symptoms are present, what the diagnosis* means and what treatment is available. Language in the healthcare world can be confusing for even the most sophisticated people and, each clinic, facility, hospital, or rehab center may have a completely different meaning for the terms we think we understand. So how can we, as healthcare consumers, be the best advocates for ourselves and our loved ones? This week’s guest, Carol Levine, the director of Families and Health Care Project at United Hospital Fund in New York, discusses how to demystify healthcare and social service terminology.

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