Patients with endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders often require long-term treatment and care resulting in the need for extensive patient education. By appropriately educating patients, advanced practice nurses can assist patients with the management of their disorders. In clinical settings, patients with endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders typically seek treatment for symptoms that pose problems to their everyday lives as ordinary tasks may become difficult to complete. For instance, patients might have difficulty walking short distances, preparing meals, or even running errands. To reduce these symptoms and additional health risks, it is essential to develop drug therapy plans with individual patient factors in mind.
Review Chapter 19 and Chapter 39 of the Huether and McCance text and the Ben-Zacharia article in the Learning Resources.
Select one of the following endocrine or musculoskeletal disorders: thyroid disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis, gout, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia. Consider the pathophysiology, as well as the types of drugs that would be prescribed to patients to treat this disorder.
Select one of the following factors: genetics, gender, ethnicity, age, or behavior. Consider how the factor you selected might impact the pathophysiology of the disorder. Then, reflect on how the factor you selected might impact the effects of prescribed drugs, as well as measures you might take to help reduce any negative side effects.
By Day 3
Post a description of the endocrine or musculoskeletal disorder you selected including its pathophysiology and types of drugs that would be prescribed to treat patients. Then, explain how the factor you selected might impact the pathophysiology of the disorder, as well as the effects of prescribed drugs. Describe measures you might take to help reduce any negative side effects
Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.