Medication adherence is critical to supporting positive health outcomes. One in five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. About half of patients don’t take their medications as prescribed, and one-third of adverse drug events resulting in readmissions are related to non-adherence.
Hepatology is the field of medicine involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of diseases that affects the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas. Digesting food, storing energy, and removing toxins are all normal body functions facilitated by the liver. Liver diseases such as, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer, hemochromatosis and Wilson disease can prevent your body from maintaining homeostasis. Causes of liver disease can vary, from drugs and alcohol to viruses, or inherited genetically.
Symptoms of liver disease include:
- Swelling of the abdomen or legs
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in the color of your stool or urine
- Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes