What’s Next for Sickle Cell Disease Improvement? Three Areas That Still Need Our Attention
Right now, close to 100,000 people in the U.S. are battling sickle cell disease (SCD). This means that 100,000 people, many of whom are children, spend days experiencing acute pain, dealing with costly and uncomfortable hospitalizations, and fighting off infections. We can change that. Here are three key areas for targeted improvement.
Start Producing Better Sickle Cell Disease Outcomes in Your Community Today
Explore strategies and examples from communities working to improve care for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). All results are taken from NICHQ’s recently released congressional report from the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program (SCDTDP), a national effort that sought to improve the lives of those living SCD.
Creating Better Advocates for Sickle Cell Disease Care
Quality improvement in public health means working through every sector and influence that affects how people live. At the highest level, this includes the rules and laws where people live. Read how Missouri is creating better care for individuals with sickle cell disease by working with the state government to make change.
A Roadmap for Improving Sickle Cell Care in Underserved Areas
Sickle cell disease care is being improved for Indiana's children, and new strategies are helping support better transitions of care.
How One Mom is Raising the Profile of Sickle Cell Disease
Tammy Smith's daughter, Precious, often got sick as a baby and she cried—a lot. "One time she was holding her arm and we thought it was broken, but it wasn’t. Another time she couldn't even sit up. She would just cry and cry. The doctors kept giving us medicine, but it didn't help," recalls Tammy.
Sickle Cell Pain Protocol Reduces Wait Times for Meds and Eases Patient Frustration
When kids with sickle cell disease come to an emergency room (ER) asking for painkillers, the care can sometimes be less than ideal. In a busy ER, there can be long wait times, and, especially with an illness like sickle cell disease that has no visual signs of pain, doctors sometimes question whether a patient is really in a medical crisis or just drug seeking.