Doctors treating patients for serious chronic diseases often neglect less serious conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis, a study has found. The researchers said doctors need to be aware that patients who suffer from one chronic condition are no less likely to suffer from another.
“Mother Nature has no mercy. As a consequence, the presence of one disease usually provides no immunity against others,” the researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Our findings suggest a shortfall in health care — specifically, that unrelated disorders are relatively neglected in patients with chronic medical diseases.”
The study was conducted in Ontario, Canada, and focused on patients 65 and older with diabetes, emphysema or psychosis.