In the Proceedings of the IAHCP 26th Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference, Blackpool, UK, 18 – 21 July 2015
Exploring Co-Morbidity Issues: an Interactive Workshop by Professor (Dr) Comfort Osonnaya
Professor (Dr) Comfort Osonnaya informed conference that it is a widely held view that people are living longer due to medical advances, but at the same time, they are living with chronic diseases which include complications of co-morbidities. Co-morbidities are also common causes of complications in diagnosing diseases. There are no bounds separating one disease from another and the overlap of symptoms can lead to a delay in the appropriate therapy being given to the patient.
Professor Osonnaya apprised conference that there would be a short presentation about the issues of co-morbidities and deprivation in society, followed by a workshop for the delegates to participate in. The participants were then split into 3 groups to investigate and compile a short report on a particular disease. Each group was provided with reading and writing materials to prepare their short report. Group 1 focused on Diabetes, Group 2 on Hypertension Diseases and Group 3 focused on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD). All the information gathered was then discussed in a Workshop Discussion towards the end of the workshop.
In Professor Osonnaya’s conclusion to conference she explained that although there is a great amount of literature available on diseases with complications of co-morbidities, this type of workshop would enable the delegates to work towards developing evidence-based guidelines for better understanding and management of the diseases with complication of co-morbidities involved. She hoped that a uniform standard will be set, which would be recognised worldwide and implemented both nationally and internationally.
Correspondence: Professor (Dr) Comfort Osonnaya, Editor in Chief and Chief Medical Director, London, England, UK
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