Top Tips for Treating Patients with Chronic Illness

Living with an illness is an experience that nobody hopes to go through. It can be physically and emotionally draining but thanks to the work of medical professionals, some days are easier than others. If you have always enjoyed taking care of people and helping them improve their health, then at some time in your life, you may have decided to pursue a medical profession. It can be a long journey to becoming a nurse, but the joy you derive from helping people through health struggles can be very rewarding. For those who are treating patients with chronic illnesses, here are top tips that should help you do the best job possible.

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Understand Your Patient

One of the first things that you can do if you want to treat a patient with a chronic illness is to understand their core needs. Getting to know the patient is vital as it will help in building a strong foundation and relationship with them. Here are a few tips for building a positive relationship with patients.

  • Be Prepared for Appointments: To show your patients that you are committed, it’s a great idea to be prepared for every appointment. Review your patient’s charts before they get to the appointment, so you know what care you’ll be administering. The goal should be to be observant and show that you’re interested in their needs.
  • Always Listen: When dealing with patient’s, listening to them is essential. Hear what their concerns or fears are and prompt discussions about future plans for care. Seeing as medical professionals don’t often have the time to talk at length, it’s something they should greatly appreciate.
  • Provide Education: Seeing as you’re the medical professional you’re in the best position to give your patients the education they need. Point them in the right direction and give them resources and tools that will help them cope with their situation. This could be anything from an article to a podcast or book suggestion.

Offer Holistic Care

It’s so important to note that every patient has different needs so your approach to caring for each person should be unique. In light of this, get good at studying your patients and understanding what they need. Holistic care focuses on their mind, body, emotion, and environment which could ultimately help them feel better and recover quicker. To help you in this regard, you could either take another course or do more reading on the subject matter.

Keep Learning

If you’re truly dedicated to your patients and seeing them at their best, be open to continuous learning. This means speaking to other medical professionals, learning about the latest developments with their particular illness and seeing what you can do to offer better care. You should also keep up to date with research and see how that can help you treat them as well. There are so many resources online that you can use as well as conferences that you can attend that will help you improve your knowledge base and ultimately become a better healthcare professional.

Discuss End of Life Planning

One of the hardest things about dealing with chronic illness is the fact that the patient may not live as long as they or their family hoped. This can create a range of different emotions and make it difficult for them to cope on a day to day basis. However, discussing things like what their plans are towards their last days can help prepare them for an unexpected end. It can also help them draw closer to their loved ones and embrace relationships with loved ones. End of life planning often focuses on aspects such as the kind of care they’ll receive as well as the legal aspect of things in terms of wills and wealth allocation.

Ask Them Their Needs

In addition to the mentioned, asking patients with chronic illnesses what they need can also go a long way. Be sure that they’re comfortable discussing their worries or concerns with you which should get easier as you continue building a relationship through actively listening. It also helps if you show up with a positive attitude every time you administer care so that they feel comfortable discussing their needs.

Chronic illnesses aren’t easy to live with, but patients can still have a decent quality of life. If they have the right support system and get the right care from medical professionals, it can give them the hope they need to press on. Hopefully, the above tips will help in your bid to offer them the care they need to get through.

Havas Health & You and Lyfebulb join forces to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic diseases

Havas Health & You has announced a strategic partnership Lyfebulb that will provide a unique, differentiated means of putting the voice and needs of the patient at the center of everything Havas Health & You does for its clients


Havas Health & You, a global leader in health-and-wellness communications, announced today a strategic partnership with Lyfebulb, a patient empowerment platform that promotes a healthy, take-charge lifestyle for those affected by chronic disease. The mission of Havas Health & You is to support its clients in promoting healthy-living decisions across the entire health ecosystem.

“The Havas Health & You and Lyfebulb partnership further strengthens our shared commitment to creating meaningful connections that inspire healthy living,” said Dennis Urbaniak, chief digital officer of Havas Health & You. “By leveraging Lyfebulb’s successful track record of delivering innovative solutions for some of the most complex chronic conditions, we are demonstrating our focus on real-life results that matter.”

Lyfebulb connects patients, industry, and investors to support user-driven innovation. It has built communities of patients with chronic diseases and supported leaders in these communities through its Patient Ambassador and Patient Entrepreneur programs. By bringing Lyfebulb’s community into the Havas Health & You network offering, this partnership will provide a unique, differentiated means of putting the voice and needs of the patient at the center of everything Havas Health & You does for its clients.

“Our goal is to reduce the burden of disease in patients by bringing user-driven innovation at a large scale,” said Karin Hehenberger, M.D., Ph.D., the CEO, and founder of Lyfebulb. “Together with Havas Health & You and its broad network of clients, we will accelerate our ability to bring more comprehensive, patient-focused solutions to the marketplace.”

Presenting the full picture of any disease, from patient insights to their solutions, is a key differentiator for Havas Health & You in this new partnership. The relationships that Havas Health & You have with multinational healthcare companies, in turn, will enhance Lyfebulb’s ability to execute upon its mission to reduce disease burden for people with chronic disease.

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About Havas Health & You
Havas Health & You join together the agencies and companies of Havas Health with the consumer health-and-wellness marketing communications practices across Havas companies around the world. The broadened entity and new name reflect the group’s future-forward positioning and expanded capability. Havas Health & You have built out best-in-class disciplines and integrated the many products and services the Havas agencies and companies offer across the health and wellness continuum, from Rx and OTC to health solutions.

About Lyfebulb
Lyfebulb is a chronic-disease focused patient empowerment platform that connects patients, industry (manufacturers and payers) and investors to support user-driven innovation. Lyfebulb promotes a healthy, take-charge lifestyle for those affected by chronic disease. Grounded with its strong foundation in diabetes, the company has expanded disease states covered into cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases.

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