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dilemmas associated with the discontinuation of life-prolonging treatments (Scott, 2017). However, it was observed that through the deployment of resources such as standard ethics consultation, the engagement of hospice team, and consultation with other healthcare professionals would help in resolving the ethical issues.Population Health ConcernsA critical analysis of the patients that were being attended to in the hospice settings indicated that most of the invalids that were under care included those with chronic diseases and the elderly. It was also noted that was invalids faced additional challenges or issues while dying at their homes. In particular, it was observed that convalescents that were wealthier had a lower likelihood of dying at home than patients whose levels of income was low as a result of inaccessibility to healthcare, limited knowledge regarding the resources, as well as significant laden associated with the end of life. As well, only a few individuals with low levels of incomes enrolled into hospice care.Health PolicyA close evaluation of Vitas Hospice provides that the physicians working in this setting work hand in hand with attending physicians in a bid to determining the most pertinent pain therapy for patients that are terminally ill. While collaborating, they ensure that the convalescentsobtain medications required in relieving pain as well as preventing more suffering. Apart from the clinical expertise, the setting has also provided education materials which have provided information regarding the management of pain.
PROFESSIONAL CAPSTONE AND PRACTICUM REFLECTIVE JOURNAL5The Role of Technology in Improving Health Care OutcomesWhile working in Vitas, I observed that the hospice care setting deployed innovative technology in enhancing the hospice care for invalids. Vitas has developed a landmark technology that has Health Grid which aids the clinicians in exchanging important invalid-care securely as well as quickly with other healthcare providers (Bowles, Dykes, & Demiris, 2015).
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Week 1, Health care provider, practicum reflective journal