Factors That Influence Disease Management

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The factors that influence disease management are many. Health literacy, access to care, and lifestyle choices are important components to explore when disease management is not optimal.
Health literacy: Without regard to one 's ability to learn and grow, many people have preconceived concepts of what is needed for disease management, because of past experiences either with themselves, or with a loved one. Such thinking patterns, create resistance to the value of current research-based care designs, and inhibits the progression of disease management.
With regard to one 's ability to learn and grow, a patient with subpar cognitive abilities does not possess the skills needed to successfully manage a disease without extensive assistance. For disease management to be successful, one must have an in-depth understanding of the processes related to the disease, as well as the ability of critical thinking. For patients with average or above average cognitive abilities, misunderstanding of the disease process can lead to poor choices, resulting in unsuccessful disease management.
Access to care: A patient with limited access to care is at increased risk to suffer complications. Factors, such as a lack of transportation, lack of health insurance, financial burdens, geographical location, and
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