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Analysts Accent Role of Friends, Family in Managing Patients’ Chronic Illnesses





When it comes to helping patients manage chronic illnesses like diabetes or heart disease, friends and family may be more helpful than the family doctor — and they’re a lot cheaper, too. That’s the conclusion of analysts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Care Innovation.

In an article in The New England Journal of Medicine, behavioral economists said leveraging existing social relationships can lead to new healthy habits and behaviors, such as improvements in diets and exercising.

That’s because friends and family members are around patients more than the doctors and nurses who manage their care and see read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com

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