Tips for Making Difficult Medical Decisions with Nurse Practitioner Kori Dewing


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Kori and Cheryl discuss ways to approach assessing the risks versus benefits of medications from the "shared decision making" model. They also explore how insurance barriers in the United States can make medication decisions all the more complex. Kori shares her tips for getting prescription medication support, as well as her words of wisdom for diagnosed patients. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the latest research developments Kori is most excited about in the world of rheumatology.

Episode at a glance:

  • What is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)? What is the role of the nurse practitioner on the rheumatology team?
  • Tips for making medical decisions: Kori explains how she helps her patients assess the risks of treating (like medication side effects) versus the risks of undertreating (like disease progression).
  • What to do if you have insurance barriers to medication: Kori discusses insurance barriers and gives tips including copay cards, patient assistance programs, ways to proactively research medication costs, and what the deal is with prior authorizations and specialty pharmacies
  • Advocacy: Cheryl and Kori discuss how patients can support reforms to healthcare through sharing their stories
  • Newly Diagnosed: Kori’s words of wisdom for newly diagnosed patients
  • Latest research developments: What recent innovations in the field of rheumatology Kori is most excited about?

Medical disclaimer:

All content found on Arthritis Life public channels was created for generalized informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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