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Christman 1 Tiffany Christman/FTMYERS Professor Hazel HHSM/Research Week 5 10 April 2010 Describe what factors need to be considered when working with pediatric and elderly patients. Why is it important to consider these factors? In my experience of taking both elderly and youth to doctor’s visits, I believe there is a similar approach applied to both – that they are less competent and capable of explaining their issues and understanding the questions posed them. I also believe from that same experience that this approach is not always appropriate. There is a need to apply patience when questioning for symptoms and when detailing the medical plan, as it is their body and they need to be given that respect. Dr. John Purvis explains that with pediatric patients interaction should involve what he calls the Four E’s: Engagement, Empathy, Enlistment and Education and I feel that the same guidelines apply to the elderly patients (Purvis). They need to be involved or engaged in the
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