Change can be uncomfortable, and although it is sometimes welcome and taken in stride, it is not uncommon for new ideas, approaches, and designations to have unexpected ripples and generate feedback. In this issue we include several articles highlighting changes in healthcare and novel ideas that can have a significant impact on providers and their patients.
The healthcare industry is undergoing a transformation as a result of changes in technology, economics, societal forces, and other factors. Although it may be challenging for healthcare professionals to adapt to certain changes, some of them are having a positive impact on the industry.
When promoting health and wellness, it often helps to use the popularity and power of monthly health awareness campaigns to instigate discussions, and, more importantly, promote mindfulness of public health issues.
An article in The New York Times recently brought my attention to a health crisis that originated in Brazil involving a mosquito-borne flavivirus.
In this last issue of the year, the Editorial Board and publishers of Inside Patient Care have put together a wide array of practical information that you can use in your everyday practice.
Patient education is paramount for disease prevention, treatment, and management. Whether it is influenza immunization, prescribing a new medication, or implementing changes in diet, taking the time to explain to patients why they are taking their medication, how to take it, as well as addressing their questions about immunization or nutrition is key to achieving health and wellness goals.
No matter the industry or the situation, communication is the basis for successful interactions with peers, family members, and colleagues in the workplace.
Pharmacists and clinicians may have the opportunity to expand the service offerings in their pharmacy or clinic. It is an exciting time for innovation, with hurdles along the way.
In a recent conversation with a reader, the challenges of discussing over-the-counter medication use with patients were explored. How do you have that conversation if you don’t know they are in your store at this very moment, picking up a decongestant or a supplement?
As one of the first lines of defense, primary care professionals need to have a wide knowledge base to properly educate and counsel patients, as well as screen, diagnose, treat, and manage specific conditions.

In this issue, we highlight derma­tology care and raising patient awareness regarding changes in the condition of their skin, specifically those associated with melanoma. Raising patient awareness is key for detecting this condition, because patients need to be able to recognize changes in their skin before coming to you for screening.
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