Sickle cell anemia is a complex disorder that requires a multimodality approach to treatment. At The Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research in Homestead, Orlando, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Belle Glade, Tallahassee, and Hollywood, Florida, Gershwin Blyden, MD, PhD, FCP, FACP, and the team of hematologists provide a wide range of case management services to help you navigate your sickle cell anemia care plan. To learn more, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Case management refers to the planning, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation that goes into a patient’s chronic disease care plan.
Chronic diseases are constantly evolving and progressing. With changes in symptoms and complications, your care plan may require regular modifications. Case managers ensure your care plan is effective and targeted for your needs.
Your care management is not a one-person job. Your hematologist, primary care provider, nurse practitioner, and social work provider all work together to create a care plan that continually meets your needs throughout your life.
Sickle cell anemia is complicated to manage. It often requires multispecialty care and a combination of treatments to prevent serious complications, such as stroke. Sickle cell anemia causes the red blood cells, which help carry oxygen through the body, to take on a crescent shape. As a result, the cells can stick to the blood vessel walls.
A buildup of sickle cells in the blood vessels eventually causes blockages, which hinder the flow of blood and prevent oxygen from reaching vital organs and tissues. Without proper management, sickle cell anemia can lead to kidney damage and heart problems.
Case management services are unique to the severity and specific symptoms of your condition. If you have comorbidities stemming from sickle cell anemia, then your hematologist and primary care provider may work with other specialists to provide the appropriate care, such as:
One of the primary roles of a case manager is to screen and identify potential psychosocial, logistical, and financial factors that may hinder your treatment. To determine whether you need additional assistance, your case manager may speak directly with you, your hematologist, primary care provider, and relatives.
Case management is a crucial aspect of the treatment process for chronic disorders like sickle cell anemia. Having an experienced case manager as an advocate for your health can result in better outcomes for patients who require long-term care.
To learn more about case management, call The Foundation for Sickle Cell Research or book an appointment online now.