Major Risk Factors in Healthcare

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Major Risk Factors The health needs assessment demonstrates some of the more immediate needs and pressing concerns of the Trinity Community Hospital. One of the most major risk factors involves oncological related needs as a result of the imminent increase in the elderly population. According to the needs assessment, a large portion of the population will be over the age of 65 in the next half a decade, and that approximately half of the men in the community and a third of the women will deal with some sort of cancer in their lives at some point; "New cancer cases are expected to grow from 3,200 this year to 4,282 in five years (+34%)" (TCH/NeedsAssess). This is extremely problematic as cancer is very much a disease of the geriatric population and cancer care specialists are direly needed to treat them. How a culture treats their elderly population reveals a great deal about the values of the collective society at large and one could argue that a civilized, organized society absolutely has an obligation to treat their aged, wise members with the highest level of deference and honor. In certain respects, this means giving this population the best form of healthcare when they need it most. According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, in the next eight years, the number of experts practicing in the realm of oncology services will not be able to keep up with the demand for such services. "Driven principally by the aging population and an increasing number of cancer
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