Do Lung Doctors in Kitsap County Neglect Support Group Patient EducationAugust 13th, 2011 by Sharon O'Hara
Lung patients need active physician involvement in support groups, particularly for non-cancerous lung patients including COPD, the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. For many of us COPD is only the beginning of medical conditions including Sleep Apnea.
We are fortunate that Harrison’s Respiratory Department has gotten more involved and active in support services for lung patients and the Better Breather’s monthly programs are becoming a Don’t Miss.
That said last month’s program was the beginning of another round of new stuff and no MD to connect all the dots. Pulmonary support groups NEED direct physician involvement. I know they are busy. So are the patients. We want to be educated and the physician is the only person to answer medical questions.
Joyce had Cheryl Ball, Respiratory Therapist in charge of the Sleep Apnea program with guest speaker, Jeff Lackey, Patient Care Coordinator of Pacific Pulmonary Services. Both did a great job inciting keen interest, as you will see in the following photos.
I wrote the following post in answer to the Kitsap Sun Reporter Rachel Pritchett’s article that Harrison Medical Center’s Heart Surgeons won a second year of the highest rating given for Bremerton Cardiothoracic Surgery.
“The most successful support group – or one of them – is AWAKE, the Sleep Apnea support group in Kitsap County.
Why? It is physician led.
Well. It is time for lung doctors to step up to educate the Better Breather’s pulmonary support group.
I recently attended a BB meeting and too many questions could not be answered by the knowledgeable techs present – they needed answering by doctors who know the whys and wherefores of sleep apnea.
Educating patients is vitally important and the lung patients have been sadly neglected…yes, I do understand about the money trail in popular medical conditions.
Many of us lung patients kick off due to heart disease caused by lung issues. It’s no small wonder that COPD is now the third leading cause of death in the US considering that educating lung patients is at the bottom of the physician scale of things to do.
Am I being unfair to busy physicians? I am a patient – the answer is NO.
Doctors – get involved with educating us. Please!
Contact Harrison’s Pam or Joyce (Respiratory) for scheduling a PHYSICIAN speaker for the next Better Breather’s meeting.
“…Harrison HealthPartners Bremerton Cardiothoracic Surgery is part of a larger group of Harrison Medical Center heart physicians called Harrison HealthPartners Thoracic and Vascular. “The bigger group also includes vascular surgeon Dr. George Berni and vascular surgeon Dr. Shankar Sundaram, who begins later this month.”
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Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara
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