Beatrice is an elderly patient with multiple chronic conditions, including arthritic pain.

Meet Beatrice

  • Age: 75
  • Condition: Beatrice has multiple chronic conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), osteoarthritis and dementia. She has also suffered from chronic arthritic pain for many years.
  • Treatment plan: Beatrice takes oxycocet 5/325 mg as needed to help manage her chronic pain. She also takes diazepam as needed for insomnia and multiple other medications for her COPD and dementia.
  • Other: Beatrice has seven grandchildren ranging from ages 2 to 11.

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