The American healthcare system is being overwhelmed with chronic illnesses. These illnesses account for a significant amount of total healthcare expenditures. Medicare/Medicaid and Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s) are seeking innovative treatment at cost savings. Disease Management (DM) is an intervention intended to reduce healthcare expenditures and advance the quality of life for persons with chronic conditions by preventing or reducing the effects of the disease through integrated care. Companion Pet Therapy 4 U is proposing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) which is a fluctuating set of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities that are considered to be unconventional. This approach utilizes a combination of Alternative Therapy (AT) and Disease Management (DM) home care services to elderly chronically ill homebound patients. A companion dog/ trainer and a care coordinator/nurse will visit homebound patients, review patient care plans, and educate patients on DM. Companion Pet Therapy 4 U will reduce healthcare expenditures, produce cost savings by empowering chronically ill homebound elderly patients to become pro-active in the treatment process.
|Commitee:||Nguyen, Hanna, Reynolds, Grace|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
|Keywords:||Alternative therapy, Animal assisted therapy, Companion pet therapy, Complementary and alternative medicine, Disease management, Home care|
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