plenty of time to contemplate and ask questions. Many study participants reported the desire to have the opportunity to contribute to their healthcare decision-making, and they reported frequent prior experiences of not being offered that opportunity (Kinsey & Reed, 2015). Asking NA patients if they would like to include anyone else in their healthcare decision-making will help demonstrate awareness of their reliance on community ( Lillie et al., 2019). Reply # One Hi Christie, I enjoyed reading your post! Cultural differences are known to influence the provision of healthcare and the response to it in various ways, so it is important to assess the extent to which the patient adheres to his or her culture of origin (Ball et al., 2015) traditional You included relevant information about the Asian culture can help guide the approach you take in communicating with them and treating them. I thought you did an excellent job of formulating targeted questions that were clear and relevant to the patient’s situation. The question about how often the patient takes his blood pressure and what it has been running was a good way to assess
the patient’s compliance with monitoring it, and to get a feel for whether or not his current medication is achieving adequate blood pressure control. Inquiring about traditional Chinese Medicine was appropriate, considering the fact that the Asian culture is known to value complementary and alternative treatment modalities such as Ayurveda (Juckett, Nguyen, & Shahbodaghi, 2014). Asking if he had questions about his diagnoses can help in determining the patient’s level of understanding about them. However, the patient might not be familiar with the official medical terms of his diagnoses, so instead of using those, it might be more appropriate to refer to them in more layman terms. Reply # Two Latoya, Great job on your post! You included targeted questions that were relevant to the patient in your case study. When caring for patients from different cultures, it is important to determine what cultural differences exist with the patient in order to make appropriate adaptations for the unique needs and wishes of the patient (Ball, Dains, Flynn, Solomon, & Stewart, 2015). Your first question will help you to identify the patient’s chief complaint and his goal for the appointment. The second question will help you to gather a complete list of the patient’s current medications and to assess his compliance with taking them.
- Summer '15
- Native Americans in the United States, Health care provider