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Somecontroversywithdenyingchildrensrighttomedical

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Unformatted text preview: ns Implications Patients may be regarded as naive or incapable Doctors may be expected to know what is best – patients do not get a chance to make any of own decisions Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Spiritualists (Caregivers) and Believers (Patients) Physicians as “little gods” Nurses as “angels of mercy” Anthropologists have compared the doctor’s role to that of priest; powerful and mysterious authority figure Strengthened by patients’ reverence and doctors’ displays of power (e.g., lab coats, titles, vocabulary) Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Shaman: Native American healer who can communicate with beings beyond physical world; gives healing powers; can expel disease via people’s strength of will and faith in healer Failure is perhaps due to patient’s insufficient faith Patient thus benefit from positive thinking Christian Science Church members believe illness is an illusion cured only through prayer They do not use drugs or surgery, or even simple treatments like heating pads, ice packs, back rubs, etc. Some controversy with denying children’s right to medical attention and their right to worship as they choose Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Southern Appalachians (some groups) Spiritual ceremonies with faith healing and glossolalia Faith healers: channel curative power of Holy Spirit and pass to believers through laying on of hands Glossolalia: trancelike state during which worshiper seems to speak in foreign language known only to God and to worshiper via divine inspiration Even scientists acknowledge power of faith; placebos have been known to produce same results as actual medicines Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Providers (Caregivers) and Consumers (Patients) Patients are shoppers who pay doctors to provide information and carry out wishes Competitiveness will make caregivers more mindful of patient satisfaction Consumerism is a risky conceptualization Cost vs. care? Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Partners Assume same role Consistent with collaborative medical talk Use vocabulary they both understand Success is due to relationship Allows both to have mutual influence in medical decisions Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. : Case S...
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