Resident Review  |   May 2013
Future of Health Care: Is Preventive Care the Missing Link?
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Education / CPD / Endocrine and Metabolic Systems / Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Systems / Pediatric Anesthesia / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Resident Review
Resident Review   |   May 2013
Future of Health Care: Is Preventive Care the Missing Link?
ASA Monitor 05 2013, Vol.77, 64-65.
ASA Monitor 05 2013, Vol.77, 64-65.
In the past 75 years, medical advances have occurred at an astounding pace. Unbelievable progress has occurred in surgical technique, understanding of disease pathophysiology, novel treatments and physiologic monitoring. Unfortunately, it has proven difficult to realize all of the promises of this enhanced knowledge, as advances in patient education and preventive care have not kept pace. We are well aware that preservatives such as BPA cause cancer, saturated fats lead to heart disease, alcohol results in MVAs and hepatic failure, and stroke, diabetes and smoking lead to countless issues. So far, we have not been sufficiently successful in translating this knowledge into improved outcomes for our patients. Society must redirect its efforts from a reactionary approach to that of enabling and supporting individuals to prevent problems in the first place.
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