Today, on CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, a guest post by Nancy Caralla, executive director of C Diff Foundation, presents a resource for people dealing with C. difficile infections. Sometimes called “deadly diarrhea,” C. diff infections can be traumatic and lengthy, and they affect hundreds of thousands of people each year. To help alleviate the distress that often comes with the diagnosis, the C. diff. Foundation recently launched a nationwide support program, allowing patients and their families an opportunity to talk with others who have dealt with these life-threatening infections. Evidence shows that people who attend support groups have a better ability to cope and adapt to life during and after C. diff treatment.
The support groups are available to all individuals via teleconferencing, and each session includes up to 15 participants. Learn more, and join the conversation at: http://blogs.cdc.gov/
C Diff Foundation Launches Patient, Family Support ProgramPosted on by
Executive Director of C Diff Foundation
C. difficile (C. diff.) infections are responsible for almost half a million infections and at least 15,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
A C. diff. diagnosis can be traumatic. Many patients, as well as family members, experience a wide range of emotions including confusion, anger, fear, panic, and denial. To help alleviate anxiety and distress, the C Diff. Foundation recently introduced the C. diff. Nationwide Community Support (CDNCS) program, providing patients and their families an opportunity to talk with others who have experienced the same diagnosis and symptoms.
Before the launch of CDNCS, there was an absence of professional C. diff. support groups in the U.S. However, there is evidence showing that people who attend support groups have a better understanding of the illness and treatment choices, develop a more positive outlook, and a better ability to cope and adapt to life during and after the treatment of a C. diff. infection.
The CDNCS program is reaching C. diff. patients, families, and healthcare professionals nationwide. This growth reflects the valuable information the CDNCS groups are providing; grief counseling, nutrition, financial support, C. diff. prevention, treatments, and environmental safety products availability, homecare, patient-safety, pharmaceutical assistance programs, and C. diff. survivor sessions.
The CDNCS groups are available to all individuals via teleconferencing, with Foundation team leaders and Medical Advocates hosting sessions from Maryland, New York, Florida, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio, and Oregon. Each session is limited to 15 participants.
To participate in any CDNCS group, register through the Nationwide Hot-Line (1-844-FOR-CDIF) or through the monthly schedule available on the website http://cdifffoundation.org/.Posted on by