Erin Drewniany, PharmD (Candidate)

Articles

Combined Diet and Physical Activity Program Effective Against Diabetes

August 18, 2015

According to the World Health Organization, almost 90% of people with diabetes around the world have type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is commonly the result of excess of body weight and lack of physical activity.

Job Satisfaction of Nurse Practitioners in Retail Clinics vs. Primary Care Settings

August 03, 2015

In the constantly evolving health care world, there many different settings in which advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners, can choose to work. Advanced practice clinicians can choose a retail clinic setting, the hospital, a primary care physician's practice, as well as other settings.

Counseling Points to Drive Down Obesity

July 29, 2015

Obesity is a common issue in the United States. According to the Food Research and Action Center, 68.5% of adults are clinically "overweight" and 34.9% are "obese". This obesity statistic is an increase from 27.1% in 2013 and 25.5% in 2008, and the trend is continuing upward. Other health conditions can be exacerbated by obesity and so it is important to educate patients on how losing weight can not only increase their health and survival, but also contribute to a better overall quality of life.

Overprescribing Antibiotics Still an Issue

July 29, 2015

Antibiotics are important drugs used to fight bacterial infections, but they do not work against viral infections. Most acute respiratory infections (ARIs), such as bronchitis or the common cold, are caused by viral infections, yet 1 in 10 health care providers prescribe antibiotics to treat these infections. In a recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers looked at the national trends in antibiotic prescriptions written for ARIs in an outpatient setting at a Veteran's Affairs health clinic settings over an 8-year period. The study found that 68.4% of patients with an ARI received an antibiotic prescription. The highest prescribing antibiotic prevalence indication was bronchitis (85%), which does not require antibiotic use in the majority of cases.