Rather than always making a referral, O&P practitioners should educate themselves about issues outside their traditional practice to improve patient care, according to this article. A base-level knowledge of how medications work -- including those for pain, water retention and diabetes -- and how they could interfere with care is important, according to Megan Ehret, associate professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Connecticut. Prosthetists and orthotists can work with patients to prevent skin issues such as infections before calling a dermatologist, says Dr. Jan Geertzen, head of the University Medical Center Groningen’s rehabilitation medicine. Also, a number of approaches to diet and exercise offer practitioners a variety of ways to help patients manage their weight.
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