Joanie Culturally-Specific Clothing by jennyyingdi



Question 1
a) Discuss the Tuskegee Experiment.
   Be sure to answer the following questions in your analysis;
b) Who were the subjects?
c) How were these subjects recruited?
d) What ethical principles were violated in this famous case?
e) How might the results of this medical experimentation been different if these patients were asked to sign an
“Informed Consent Form” or if the physicians had to submit their research design to an Institutional Review

a) The Tuskegee experiment was a U.S. Public Health Service Study that is one of the most horrendous
examples of research carried out in disregard of basic ethical principles of conduct.
It took place from 1932-1972 and is considered “the longest non-therapeutic experiment on human beings in
medical history.”
This experiment took away the right of persons to govern self and was one of several experiments that lead to
the formation of The National Research Act.
                          The National Research Act’s Fundamental Principles:
                             Protection of those with diminished autonomy
                             Do No harm
                             Maximize possible benefits and minimize harm
b) The subjects were 399 poor illiterate Black sharecroppers from rural Alabama who were not aware that they
had syphilis or that is was treatable.
Instead they were told they had "bad blood" and could receive free medical treatment, rides to the clinic, meals
and burial insurance in case of death in return for participating.
c) They were recruited via a false premise of free medical care and since almost none of them had ever seen a
doctor before they were very pleased to be given this opportunity. The researchers felt that the true nature of the
experiment had to be kept from the subjects to ensure their cooperation.

d) Violated….LONG ANSWER VERSION……..
The Hippocratic Oath “Do No Harm” and several aspects of the Nuremberg Code
   1. The voluntary consent of the individual is absolutely essential
   2. The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of the society, unprocurable by
       other methods…..blah..blah…
   4. The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering
   and injury.
    5. No experiment should be conducted where there is a prior reason to believe that death or
   disabling injury will occur……..
   6. The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian
   importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment

   7. Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject
   against even remote possibilities of injury, disability or even death.
   9. During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment
   to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of experiment seems to him to
   be impossible.

   10. During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge should must be prepared to terminate
   the experiment at any stage, if he has probable to believe ……..blah….blah…..that continuation of
   experiment is likely to result in injury, disability or death to subj.

The Hippocratic Oath “Do No Harm” and several aspects of the Nuremberg Code.
The initial reasons were not inherently wrong and they did not provide “subjects” with proper treatment.
They were too interested in studying progress of the disease and too fixated on goal they
excluded reasonable judgment .

e)The results of this medical experimentation would’ve been extremely different if these patients were asked to
sign an “Informed Consent Form” because if informed consent was done with legal capacity prior knowledge,
w/o force, fraud, deceit, duress, coercion and w/ sufficient knowledge and comprehension. The subjects would
have known the potential consequences of the disease that they had and that it was possible to spread syphilis to
their family (partners & children). And taken proper steps to avoid the spread and progression of the disease.

Question 2
Child Abuse
a) Define the 4 types of child abuse b) What behavioral changes and/or medical indications in a child can
suggest sexual abuse? c) Explain the function and role of a “mandated reporter”. d) List some techniques
you might use to elicit information from a child without being accused of leading the witness

   A) The four types of child abuse are as follows:
      Physical- excessive intentional physical injury to a child or excessive corporal punishment of a child.
      Torture, beatings, and assault of children are obvious forms of physical abuse.

       Sexual-includes any activity that uses a child to create sexual gratification either in you or in others.

       Neglect-failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child.

       Emotional- is a condition in which children do not get adequate attention from their parents or

   B) Behavioral changes that would indicate child abuse are discipline problems, trouble sleeping,
      nightmares, depression, bedwetting, and/or soiling their pants. The child might also refuse to change for
      gym or participate in physical activities, and they might have inappropriate sexual knowledge. Running
      away from home is a sign of child abuse for a child less than 14 years old
      Physical signs of child abuse include difficulty in walking or sitting, a female child that becomes
      pregnant, or a child that contracts a venereal disease. Parents should know the normal appearance of
      their child’s genitalia so they can identify any changes which might be the result of child abuse.

   C) A mandated reporter is any professional who is required by law to report suspected child abuse or cause
      a report to be made when in their professional roles they have reason to believe that child abuse or
      maltreatment has taken place. For example physician assistants, police officers, and teachers are
      considered mandated reporters.

   D) In order to elicit information from a child without being accused of leading a witness the interviewer
      should ask open ended questions and then focus them through the interview. The interviewer should be
      aware of a person in the room that the child looks to for an answer or makes the child uncomfortable.
      The interviewer should sit at the level of the child, reassure the child that they are trying to help, but
      does not promise “not to tell”. Finally, the interviewer should not reveal shock or awe at the child’s
      answers either with verbal or body language.

Question 3
Cultural Diversity
Healthcare professionals often encounter patients from diverse cultures. Briefly discuss the importance of
demonstrating cultural sensitivity when interfacing with patients from other cultures. Be sure to give specific
examples explaining how a patient’s religious belief could affect such issues as gender boundaries, diet, fasting
regulations, dress, blood transfusions, and death and dying rituals.
Some things to keep in mind when interacting with patient’s from various cultural backgrounds are:
Gender boundaries:
Some Muslim women would like to be seen by a woman clinician, when possible, and when not in an
emergency situation.

Muslims eat only Halal food. The following are considered “Haram” or not Halal:
    Pork meat (i.e. flesh of swine)
    Blood
    Animals slaughtered in the name of anyone but Allah (God). There are debates regarding the
      permissibility of meat slaughtered by Jews (i.e., kosher meat).
    The meat of donkeys
    All insects except for the locust (no reference)
    Alcohol and other intoxicants

Jews eat only Kosher food.
    No pork and shellfish.
    Fish is acceptable as long as it has fins and scales.
    All animals with split hooves and which chew the cud (including sheep and cows)
    Refrain from eating meat and dairy products at the same meal
    No wine, unless its kosher wine
    All meat has to be prepared by a qualified kosher butcher (SHOCHET)
    If meat was eaten in the same day, one must wait six hours before consuming any dairy products

Hindus: Most do not eat meat (strict Hindus are vegetarians) and none eat beef since the cow is sacred to.
Sikhs do not have many strict rules regarding food but many are vegetarians.

Fasting Regulations:
Muslims: Fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan

Jews: Fast two major days of the year: Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Ava. No fasting permitted on Shabbat.
Observant Jews fast up to 6 days a year.

Hindu: Some Hindus may require special consideration at times of ritual fasting on certain days like
Janmashtami or Ram Navami. There are different types of fasting, and generally the following apply:

      Some Hindus may abstain from water and food through the entire time of fasting.

      Other Hindus may not eat grains, lentils and beans, but may have milk, fruits, vegetables (usually
       underground tubors) or nuts.

      Others may have only milk or fruit through the time of fasting.

      On some fasting days some Hindus abstain from eating grains.

Sikh: does not promote fasting except for medical reasons

Dress Code:
Muslims: Modest dress. Women wear either a Hijab (head covering) or the Burqa (entire body covered – only
eyes showing). Some men do not wear gold jewelry or silk clothing.

Jews: Kippah is a slightly-rounded brimless skullcap worn by many Jewish men while praying, eating, reciting
blessings, or studying Jewish religious texts, and at all times by some Jewish men.

Tzitzit are special knotted "fringes" or "tassels" found on the four corners of the prayer shawl (tallit).

Tefillin are two square leather boxes containing biblical verses, attached to the forehead and wound around the
left arm by leather straps. They are worn during weekday morning prayer by observant Jewish men.
Kittel, a white knee-length over-garment, is worn by prayer leaders and some observant traditional Jews on the
High Holidays.
Jewish woman dress Modestly. They often wear skirts that go below the knee and wear wigs or hair coverings,
so that they do not expose their own hair

Hindu: Hindu women have a red dot (bindi) marking and ordthodox Hindu men usually have a religious
makring (tilak) on their foreheads. Married Hindu women usually wear a mangalsutra or a specially consecrated
gold chain round their necks and will not remove this. Women may insist on keeping their head covered as it is
considered an essential element of modesty.

Sikh Female - The traditional dress of a Sikh is Salwaar Kameez - loose fitting top and bottoms - with a chunni
(a large rectangular piece of cloth) to cover the head and draped around the shoulders. This traditional dress is
also worn by others from the Indian subcontinent. Therefore the most obvious sign of a Sikh is unshorn hair
kept in a bun or platt's, the other being the Kara ( the steel bracelet which forms part of the five K's) worn on
the left wrist.
Sikh Man - Wear full beard and turban and a Kara on the right wrist. Older Sikhs may wear the traditional
Kurta Pyjama - Loose fitting white cotton clothing and carry around a kirpan, which is a weapon, as a symbol
of a Sikhs' commitment to protect the weak and to promote justice. Sikh men DO NOT hide the kirpan in their
turban. The kirpan is commonly worn in a cloth holster on the right shoulder under ones clothing.

Blood Transfusions:
Jehovah’s Witness do not accept Blood transfusions

Death and Dying Rituals:
Muslim: The deceased will be washed respectfully, with clean and scented water, in a manner similar to how
Muslims make ablutions for prayer. The body will then be wrapped in sheets of clean, white cloth. There is no
embalming. The deceased is laid in the grave (without a coffin if permitted by local law) on his or her right side,
facing Mecca. At the gravesite, it is discouraged for people to erect tombstones, elaborate markers, or put
flowers or other momentos. Rather, one should humbly remember Allah and His mercy, and pray for the
deceased. Loved ones and relatives are to observe a 3-day mourning period. Mourning is observed in Islam by
increased devotion, receiving visitors and condolences, and avoiding decorative clothing and jewelry.

Jews: After a person dies, the eyes are closed, the body is laid on the floor and covered, and candles are lit next
to the body. The body is never left alone until after burial, as a sign of respect. Autopsies in general are
discouraged as desecration of the body. They are permitted, however, where it may save a life or where local
law requires it. When autopsies must be performed, they should be minimally intrusive. The body must not be
cremated. It must be buried in the earth. Coffins are not required, but if they are used, they must have holes
drilled in them so the body comes in contact with the earth. The body is not embalmed, and no organs or fluids
may be removed. Both the dress of the body and the coffin should be simple. The body is never displayed at
funerals; open casket ceremonies are forbidden by Jewish law. From the time of death to the burial, the
mourner's sole responsibility is caring for the deceased and preparing for the burial. This period is known as
aninut (2-3days) - condolence calls or visits should not be made during this time. The next period of mourning
is known as shiva (seven, because it lasts seven days). Shiva begins on the day of burial and continues until the
morning of the seventh day after burial. Mirrors in the house are covered. Prayer services are held where the
shiva is held.

Hindu: After death, Hindus are not buried, but cremated. When a person dies, the body is given a final bath,
carried on a wooden stretcher by his kith and kin and cremated on the community cremation grounds generally
by the eldest son.

Sikh: Cremation is the preferred method of disposal, although if this is not possible any other methods such as
burial or submergence at sea are acceptable. Worship of the dead with gravestones, etc. is discouraged, because
the body is considered to be only the shell and the person's soul is their real essence.

Question 4
Health Disparity
Health Disparity can be defined in many ways. I will define it in terms of differences in the presence of a
disease to an individual, a person’s outcome, and a person access to medical treatment. Poverty, Medical
Insurance, Low education and literacy, and diet can influence health disparity.
        Poverty is one of the contributors to Health Disparity. A person who is poor will not be able to afford
the same treatment as someone who has money. Also a poor person will not be able to seek the best doctors for
certain medical condition and this could be detrimental, because certain disease require more special treatment
than others. People will lower incomes tend to go to health clinics where it is overcrowded and the clinicians
don’t have enough time to proper treat these patient and certain disease might be overlooked or not diagnosed
        Low education and literacy is the second contributor of Health Disparity. When an individual doesn’t
understand their clinician’s language, they are least likely to follow their clinicians guidelines or
recommendations. This leads to a worsen medical condition and its overall outcome. These people are not
aware of screening tests, and ways reduce their illness and mitigating their risk factors. Educated people and
individuals who speak the same language as their provider, have better outcomes in every aspect of health care
in comparison to those who don’t. Disease is very complicated subjects with in itself and not understanding the
language will just exacerbate its outcome. Diet is the third contributor to health disparity. Low income
individual can’t afford to cook gourmet meals. McDonalds, Can foods, TV dinners, and already made frozen
foods and other fast foods becomes their major source of food. It is inexpensive and easy to prepare.
Geographically, families with low incomes and are minority fall into this category. The problem is these foods
lack nutrition and contain high amount of Sodium, low fiber and other chemicals. These factors lead to poor
        Medical Insurance is the last factor in Health Disparity. The type of insurance a person has, affects their
treatment to a disease as well as their access to a disease. People with no medical insurance will most likely not
receive the proper treatment they need until it too late. Also people with free or inexpensive insurance will not
have assess to best health care providers in comparison to someone with more expensive health insurance.
Clinics available for inexpensive insurance might not offer update equipment or Name brand prescription

Question 5
Death and Dying
Death and dying
5) One of the most difficult tasks facing members of the health care team is to assist both the patient and his or
her family with a plethora of emotional issues that arise when the patient is facing a terminal illness. Briefly
discuss the paradigm developed by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross delineating the stages that a patient goes through
when they are told that they have a terminal illness.

      Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross advocate hospice care for patients who were dying; she was appalled by the
       way doctors treated terminally ill patients
      She began giving a series of lectures on terminally ill patients, teaching medical students on how to
       confront terminally ill patients.
      She proposed the 5 stages of grief; a pattern of phases, most or all of which people tend to go through,
       not always in sequence, when faced with the tragedy of their own approaching death or their loved ones:

5 stages of grief- a cycle a person goes through in terms of death and grief; help the patient understand
and cope with the reality of the emotional trauma and personal loss. The stages entail emotional,
psychological, and spiritual aspects the person experiences.
1.) Shock denial or numbness

In this stage the patient is in a conscious or unconscious refusal to accept facts, information, reality, relating to
the situation. It's is a perfectly natural defense mechanism. Patient may appear without reaction to the news;
they may nod and accept the news without appearing to be troubled by it. To get the news through, they may
need to be told several times; it hasn’t sunk into them yet. This is followed by a more external shock, where
there may be physical reactions such as paling of the skin, sob and physical freezing. Prior to this the patient
goes into denial and pretends that this didn’t occur. Try to be sympathetic and supportive to the patient.

      Example - "I feel fine."; "This can't be happening, not to me!"

2.) Anger-at physicians, PA’s, medical staff, God
Anger can manifest in different ways. People dealing with emotional upset can be angry with themselves, or
with others, especially those close to them. They have an out pour of emotions and feelings that were bottled-up.
Whoever is in the way is likely to be blamed. The phrase 'Why me?' may be repeated. A part of this anger thus is
'Why not you?’ which fuel their anger at those who are not affected. Let the patient vent even if it’s at you, the
     Example - "Why me? It's not fair!" "NO! NO! How can this happen!"

3.) Bargaining- in this stage the patient makes promises to God
Traditionally the bargaining stage for people facing death can involve attempting to bargain with whatever
God the person believes in. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek to negotiate a compromise.
Bargaining provides a false sense of hope, that there is a solution.
     Example - "Just let me live to see my children graduate."; "I'll do anything, can't you stretch it out? A
       few more years."

4.) Depression- loss of personal identity and interest in life

This stage is a preparation for death or loss. It shows that the patient has begun to accept the reality. They turn
away from any solution and any help that others can give them. Depression may be seen in a number of passive
behaviors. In the workplace, this includes physical absenteeism, long lunch breaks and mediocre work
performance. It can also appear in tearful and morose episodes where the person's main concern is focused on
their own world. They isolate themselves, as a PA show them support and encouragement even though it may
seem that they may not want your help, it is likely to be welcomed.

      Example - "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"; "I'm going to die . . . What's the point?"

5.) Acceptance
The patient has come to a realization and has moved on. The patient will be putting their life in order, sorting
out wills and helping others to accept the inevitability. They are usually more stable and content in this stage.
They officially gave up. Comfort them throughout this stage and respect their last wishes.
Example - "It's going to be OK."; "I can't fight it, I may as well prepare for it."

?/??The stages of death not only represents physical death, but psychological death which is why people (like
myself) die every day because of their egos, anger, and selfishness.//?/

Question 6
Communication Skills
Briefly discuss the ethical, social, and legal concerns involved in using a non-professional translator ie.
Family member and/or translator who’s not a skilled medical professional.
Cross Cultural Communication:
       - understand illness from the perspective of the patient
       - assist patient in understanding disease & treatment from the perspective of biomedicine
       - help patients & family navigate, express themselves, & feel comfortable w/ large, complex, & often
           impersonal health care organizations
Communication involves exchange, processing & interpretation of messages both verbal & nonverbal.
              *many opportunities for miscommunications*
Language barrier causes an interference with the receipt & relay of info

Ex: A Puerto Rican patient who only speaks Spanish says to the Dr. “ataque de nervios”. The Dr. (knowing a
little conversational Spanish) thinks he understands the patients’ problem as being a nervous breakdown or
perhaps something attacking his nerve fibers”. In reality, the patient is speaking of a very culturally specific
syndrome with specific symptoms & precipitants having nothing to do w/ his nerves.

Problems w/ untrained people acting as interpreters:
   1. Family members- may not give full details b/c they “already know” the patients problems & therefore
       might omit important symptoms inadvertently.
   2. Child/Adolescent- insufficient knowledge of the subtleties in translation, issues of relationships & status
Trained interpreters provide more than literal paraphrasing. They interpret patients illness “labels” & idioms,
translate biomedical concepts & instructions in patients’ native language.
Unfortunately, trained interpreters are underused in primary care settings (probably b/c of financial reasons).
This has a negative consequence on patient care.

Question 7
Conducing A Psycho-Social History

Question 8
Facets of the Healthcare Delivery Team
Within the healthcare delivery system, there exists a plethora of professionals who comprise the “psychosocial
intervention team”. Briefly explain the role of each of the following professionals and give examples of why you
might seek their assistance when dealing with a patient.

Psychiatrist – a medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental disorders. Psychiatrists
are one of few people who can prescribe psychiatric drugs, order and interpret electroencephalograms as well as
CT scans and MRIs. The major distinction between psychiatrists and other mental health professionals is their
medical training. That is why visits to the psychiatrist are noted in the patient’s medical record as opposed to a
psychologist, which is not required to be included in the chart. Psychiatrists utilize the biomedical approach to
diagnose patients. The biomedical method examines signs and symptoms and compares them with standardized
diagnostic criteria. Psychiatric illness can also be assessed through a narrative which tries to understand
symptoms as a part of a detailed life history and as responses to external conditions. Both approaches are
important in the field of psychiatry. One might need the expertise of a psychiatrist when his/her patient needs to
be evaluated for or is suffering from serious mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, Munchausen disorder,
schizophrenia, anxiety, psychotic disorders, bulimia or anorexia. A psychiatrist is capable of helping a patient
with these kinds of ailments.

Psychologist – a mental health professional that is licensed to assess a patient’s mental status and behavior and
to conduct psychotherapy. Psychiatrists generally spend shorter periods of contact time with clients/patients,
and the principal method of treatment is psychopharmacology. On the other hand, clinical and counseling
psychologists generally rely upon psychological assessment and the use of psychotherapy to relieve
psychological distress. It is not uncommon for people suffering from mental illness to combine these services to
maximize their impact. Many psychologists conduct research-based, standardized cognitive and projective
testing to guide the diagnosis of intellectual disabilities, behavioral/mood disorders, and personality disorders.
These test results also inform treatment approaches. The services of a psychologist can be called upon to help a
patient in emotional distress whether it is regarding post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic abuse, relationship
issues, marital problems, emotional disturbances or bereavement.
Social worker – social work is a profession committed to the pursuit of social justice, to the enhancement of the
quality of life, and to the development of the full potential of each individual, group and community in society.
It seeks to simultaneously address and resolve social issues at every level of society and economic status, but
especially among the poor and sick. Social workers are concerned with social problems, their causes, their
solutions and their human impacts. The main tasks of professional social workers can include case management
(linking clients with agencies and programs that will meet their psychosocial needs), medical social work,
counseling (psychotherapy), human services management, social welfare policy analysis, community
organizing, advocacy, teaching, and social science research. Professional social workers work in a variety of
settings, including: non-profit or public social service agencies, grassroots advocacy organizations, hospitals,
hospices, community health agencies, schools or faith-based organizations. Physician assistants can refer their
patients to social workers for resources regarding housing, food banks, family planning, domestic violence,
disability and job placement.
Chemical Dependence Counselor – is a licensed mental health professional who often works closely with other
specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers to treat individuals with addictions to
alcohol or other drugs. A physician assistant can refer their patients who suffer from alcoholism, prescription or
illicit drug addicitons.

Chaplain/Pastoral Care – a chaplain is typically a priest, pastor, ordained deacon, rabbi, imam or other member
of the clergy serving a group of people who are not organized as a mission or church, or who are unable to
attend church for various reasons; such as health, confinement, or military or civil duties. Many hospitals and
hospices employ chaplains to assist with the spiritual needs of patients, families and staff. A physician assistant
can seek the assistance of a chaplain to comfort patients who are terminally or acutely ill as well as their

Patient Advocate – a patient advocate acts as a liaison between patient and Healthcare Provider. The Patient
Advocate is a vital instrument to both patient and physician in the optimal delivery of healthcare. The Patient
Advocate often assists with family communication and issues arising from illness and injury. This may include
further referral for care and support for both patients and families, which includes ongoing communication and
coordination with all practitioners according to each practitioner's preferred protocol. The Patient Advocate has
a responsibility to keep a keen awareness for continuity of care, with initial oversight for potentially conflicting
treatment modalities and medications, which should be promptly discussed with Patient and Primary Care
Provider and all treatments entered into the healthcare record, which should be provided to the patient on an
annual basis or more often if the treatment is intensive, prolonged or with several healthcare providers. A
Physician Assistant can refer a patient advocate to a patient that is elderly, chronically ill or when english is not
their first language.

Question 9
The Family
As discussed in the lecture related to the role of families in medicine, define and explain the concept of the
Therapeutic Triangle and create a scenario demonstrating the effective use of such a concept.

        The “Therapeutic triangle” is a concept that consists of three “corners”: the doctor (or PA, nurse
practitioner, or any other healthcare provider), the patient, and the patient’s family. The concept implies that
when all three of the components of the triangle can identify the patient and successfully contribute to treating
the patient without difficulty, there is a “positive” triangle, meaning that the triangle is beneficial to the
successful treatment of the patient.
        However, when there is any interference with family’s, patient’s, and practitioner’s ability to identify
and treat the patient, negative problems can occur. An example of such interference would be significant family
problems, such as an emotional rift between the family and the patient. Another situation with negative impact
on the triangle would be a difference in perspectives, such as a battle of wills between what the practitioner
believes is best for the patient, and what the patient’s family believes is best for the patient. For example, if a
physician says that a patient is mortally in need of a blood transfusion, but the patient is a Jehovah’s Witness
and whose faith states that a blood transfusion is against the patient’s religious belief, the patient may refuse the
transfusion, and ultimately, the outcome would not be good, at least in the perspective of the practitioner.

Question 10
The Family
The Family Life Cycle
      1.) Independence
      2.) Coupling/Marriage
      3.) Parenting (New) – adjusting
      4.) Parenting (Adolescence) – flexibility of boundaries to allow independence
       5.) Launching adult children
       6.) Senior Retirement – adjusting to new roles

        Families must continually adapt as members evolve through the various biological and social stages of
development. We develop new norms of behavior and redraw new boundaries.
        As we grow in life and enter young adulthood, we begin to separate from our family emotionally,
whether it is going away for college or moving out of the house as our own decision. In this process, we learn
how to support ourselves in many ways such as physically, socially, and financially. We then develop our own
qualities and characteristics that contribute to our own identity. It is important that we explore our interests and
set career goals for ourselves. In doing this we learn to become emotionally and financially independent. During
the independent stage, we begin to see ourselves as a separate person from our family. We develop new
relationships outside the family and establish ourselves in our work or career. In doing this we develop qualities
such as trust, morals, work ethic, and lastly, our identity.
        After the independent stage, we learn how to commit to a new family and a new way of life. While
being in a committed relationship, we learn to adapt to new ways of life. When you enter marriage, you and
your spouse have your own view on a family system. Both you and your spouse’s ideas may differ in ideas,
expectations, and values. In marriage, you learn to reshape and change your original ideas and create better ones
for you and your spouse, and mostly, your family. In this stage, we must learn to achieve interdependence. We
must learn how to put someone else’s needs above our own. In this stage, we develop qualities such as
communication and problem solving skills.
        The next stage is parenting. Parenting may be the most challenging stage of the Life Cycle. Parenting
can affect our individual development, identity, and marital relationship. When we become parents, we develop
three roles. We have the role of being an individual, a spouse, and a parent. Integrating your child into other
relationships, including your marriage is a key process. You will take on the role as an individual as well as
becoming a decision maker for your family. It is important that you are able to provide a safe, loving, and
organized environment for your child to grow.
        Parenting teenagers can be a difficult time and it may test your skills as a parent. In most teens, new
thoughts, beliefs, and styles may cause a conflict in your family. An important skill to have is flexibility in that
you will encourage your child to become independent and creative. You will set boundaries and at the same
time encourage exploration in your child.
        Launching adult children begins when your child leaves home with the “empty nest”. In this stage, you
are free from the everyday demands of parenting. With this, you are able to rekindle your own marriage and
possibly your career goals. In this stage, you should be able to develop adult relationships with your children.
You may need to accept new family members into your own family through your child’s relationships or
marriage. In this stage, goals to obtain are refocusing on your own marriage without children, developing adult
relationships with your children, and realigning relationships to include in laws and grandchildren when your
children have begun their own families.
        Senior retirement is a stage in your life where many changes can occur. You will be welcoming new
family members as well as seeing others leaving your family. In this stage, you can choose to have a great
adventure and be free of the responsibilities of raising your own children. You may experience a decline in your
physical and mental abilities or changes in your financial and social status. In the senior stage, the quality of life
depends on how well you have taken care of yourself in the earlier stages. Goals to obtain during the senior
stage are maintaining your own interests and physical functioning, exploring new family and social roles,
providing emotional support for your adult children, dealing with the loss of a spouse, siblings, and other peers
and preparing for your own death, and reviewing your life and reflecting on all you have learned and
experienced during the Life Cycle.

Question 11
Substance Abuse
Define the meaning, and give examples of the following terms frequently used when working with a patient
suffereing from a substance abuse disorder:
 Abuse: self administration of any drug in an illegal/culturally disapproved manner that leads to adverse
      o Example: It is considered abuse when a patient excessively consumes alcohol every night and
          morning. It is socially acceptable to drink a glass of wine with dinner however if one were to drink
          packs of beer every night that would be construed as alcohol abuse.
 Addiction: a cluster of cognitive, behavioral, and psychological Sx that lead to continued use of substance
  despite substance related problems
      o Example: Consider a person that is addicted to cigarettes. They have the psychological want to
          smoke and if they do not have a cigarette they begin to feel stressed and anxious.
 Dependence: need for substance use to prevent withdrawal
      o Example: An alcoholic patient needs to drink in order to function normally on an everyday bases
          and also to avoid tremors, heart palpitations, headaches and any other symptoms of withdrawal.
 Tolerance: increasing doses of substance required to achieve desired effect
      o Example: A patient that is abusing pain killers such as morphine or Vicodin will need a higher
          dosage to alleviate their pain. They have been abusing the pain killers so much that the dosage used
          for a regular patient does not work for them any more and they need two or three times the regular
 Withdrawal: physiological and cognitive Sx when blood levels of substance decline
      o Example: When a patient undergoes alcohol withdrawal, their symptoms are not only psychological
          but also physical. They begin to experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, tremors of the hands and
          convulsions. All of which could hinder everyday activities and cause tremendous pain.

Question 12
Substance Abuse
The CAGE screening test is used in the health hx to screen for alcoholism and try to get the pt to realize that
he/she might have a problem.

C:   Have you ever thought that you should cut down on your drinking?
A:   Do you get annoyed when people criticize you on your drinking?
G:   Do you feel guilty about your drinking?
E:   Have you ever needed a drink first thing in the morning to function or get rid of a hangover?

Question 13
Substance Abuse
13 . Addiction Recovery Stages:
          a. Pre-Contemplation – little thought about the problem
          b. Contemplation – Pt evaluates their problem/solutions
          c. Preparation/Determination – baby steps; deciding to stop and have a plan
          d. Action – actual steps to change; motivated to change
          e. Maintenance – new life after recovery
          f. Relapse – prevented by maintenance

Question 14
Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality: Define and describe the relationship of gender identity, gender roles, and sexual identity in
human sexuality.

1. Gender Identity: what they identify themselves as regardless of their biological or genetic sex.

2. Gender Roles: set of behavioral norms, attitudes, values, beliefs, and responsibilities set by society and what
that cultural group considers appropriate. It determines such things as clothes each gender wears, activities of
each sex, thoughts, and feelings etc.

3. Sexual Identity: sexual orientation - how one thinks of oneself in terms of whom one is sexually attracted to.
For example a bigendered person switches b/w being male and female, the butch is the lesbian who wears
masculine dress etc

Question 15
Human Sexuality
Sexual Practices:
          a. Self-Stimulation and Use of Objects
                    i. Involves no risk of pregnancy
                   ii. Partners should wash their hands/objects before and after using them on their partners or
                  iii. STDs can be transmitted via manual stimulation especially when objects are shared
                       between partners
                  iv. Objects used to penetrate the vaginal or rectum should be clean and non-breakable, with
                       no sharp edges, and should not be shared with others
                   v. Whenever possible cover the object with a new, lubricated condom each time it is used to
                       penetrate the rectum or vagina, if not using a condom wash the object.
          b. Anal Sex
                    i. Involves no risk of pregnancy
                   ii. Anal sex has the most risk of STDs because insertion of objects can cause tears and
                       bleeding, there is less lubrication.
                  iii. Objects inserted into the rectum should be cleaned before and after anal sex, should not
                       be shared and should be non-breakable, and a lubricated condom should be used each
                  iv. If anal penetration precedes oral or vaginal sex, a new condom should be used, or if
                       having unprotected sex, the penis should be washed thoroughly.
          c. Oral Sex
                    i. Involves no risk of pregnancy
                   ii. STDs can be transmitted via oral-genital contact.
                  iii. If anal sex precedes oral sex, change condom or wash penis before insertion into the
                  iv. Protected oral sex with a female partner involves latex dental dam, female condom, cut
                       open unlubricated male condom placing it between the mouth and the vulva
                   v. With male partners, cover the penis with unlubricated condom before oral contact is
                  vi. During oral-anal contact, use a barrier (thin piece of rubber, latex dental dam, cut open
                       unlubricated condom) between the mouth the and the anus to avoid transmission of

Question 16
Human Sexuality
Define the 2 types of sexual harassment and the policy and protocol for addressing sexual harassment in the

       Sexual harassment refers to any verbal or physical interaction that is sexual and unwanted, causes you to
be uncomfortable, creates a hostile atmosphere or interferes with job performance.

1. Quid-pro-quo “this for that”- supervisor harasses someone, and this results in a concrete employment action,
like firing, demotion, or no promotion.

2. Hostile Environment- unwelcome sexually harassing conduct so severe and persistent it affects performance,
or creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive environment.

Policy and Protocol

1. Speak directly at the time the harassment occurs: Make it clear you do not like behavior.

2. Collect Evidence: Keep a diary of events; note what is said and done, the dates, times and places. Write
down direct quotes, save any letters, cards, notes or materials sent to you.

3. Write a letter to the harasser- behavior may change, the violator may not have known how you saw the
behavior, may fear you making a formal complaint

4. Bring a copy of the letter, evidence and formal complaint to supervisor- there are formal complaint
procedures in most offices, human resources, etc

Question 17
Death and Dying Issues in a Multi-Cultural Hospital
Death is a natural process that we all have to go through eventually, and as a health care professional we have to
do our best to respect the wishes of different cultures.

Hindu: Reading from the Holy Scriptures the Bhagavad Gita, Family may want to call a Hindu Priest (Pandit)
to perform holy rites. The pt should be given Ganges water and the tulsi leaf in the mouth by family. The body
is washed by family jewellry should NOT BE REMOVED. CREAMITION ASAP except children under 3
should be buried.
Jewish: Rabbi to join the dying pt. Dying pt not to be left alone. Jews present should recite th psalsm and at
time of death the Decleration of Faith (Shema). Health Care workers should cover the body with a white sheet.
Autopsy not done. BURIAL DONE ASAP. The first week is shiva mourners remain at home 30 days shohlism
and one yr family.

Buddhist: Needs quiet and peace for metation. A monk should be called to talk to pt with passages of the
scriptures. Die fully conscious and calm state of mind. Cremation or Burial is premitted. NO special
requirements relationg to the care of the body.
Christian: Communion, Burial or Cremation permitted, No specific mourning period

Muslim: Other family members join and recite verses from Holy Quran, dying pt may wish to face Mecca. The
Decleration of Faith (Shahada) Non Muslim health care workes should ask permission to touch body. Body
must be covered. Always burial ASAP mouring is three days and also feed the family.

Sikhism: Recite from Guru Granth Sahib. Healt Care workers should not remove turbin or trim hair or beard
body should be covered with white cloth. The 5 K’s should remain on body. Cremaion ASAP. Afrer a short
ceremony at home the body is taken to the gurdwara (temple) for a service and then to a crematorium for further
prayers. Up to 10 days passages from the scriptures are read. At the end the eldest son is give a turbin a sign
that he is the head of the family.

Question 18
Crisis Intervention and Psychotherapy
Discuss the meaning of a critical incident, give examples, and discuss effects on the victim and witnesses.
Meaning: A critical incident is defined as any event with sufficient impact to produce significant emotional
reactions in people at the time of occurrence or later. These events are considered to be outside the range of
ordinary human experience, and can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder if the issues caused by the incident
are not resolved by the person effectively and quickly.
Examples include: Suicide attempts, multiple casualty situations hostage situations, death of child post abusive
behavior, verbally or abusive patients, violent death, etc.
Effects: Traumatic events affect the psychological functioning and adaptation of victims to the sequellae of the
event. Each individual reacts differently depending on age, experience, expectations, interpretations,
perceptions of traumatic event.
        Normal stress reactions would include: feeling upset, repeated disturbing memories, thoughts, or dreams
of what happened, difficulty concentrating, trouble falling asleep or sleeping, feeling irritable or having angry
outbursts, but it should not last longer than 30 days (normal grief response)
        Abnormal stress reactions include: Withdrawal, isolation, uncontrollable crying, sadness, depression,
intrusive recollection of event, not going to work, lasts longer than 30 days

Question 19
Crisis Intervention and Psychotherapy
             What are 10 signs & symptoms of a psychological crisis
        1. Withdrawal from social activity
        2. Feeling irritable/having angry outbursts
        3. Uncontrollable crying
        4. Difficulty sleeping
        5. Fear/panic
        6. Increased alcohol/drug use
        7. Poor memory/concentration
        8. Increase or loss of appetite
        9. Repeated disturbing memories, thoughts, or dreams of the event triggering the psychological crisis
        10. Numbness, helplessness

Question 20
Crisis Intervention and Psychotherapy
Discuss the management of a suicidal patient
Suicide management includes:
   1. Determine how likely it is the individual will kill him/herself
   2. Make sure not to leave individual alone
   3. Hospitalization to ensure the patient’s security, supervision and safety of others
           3 Goals of Hospitalization for Suicidal Patient:
                    a. Secure Patient until Treatment reduced the risk of suicide
                    b. Therapeutically eliminate or improve modifiable suicide Risk factors
                    c. Isolate Patient from toxic environment
4. Management includes the duty to keep patient alive and to treat the underlying condition. Find out why
   the patient is suicidal.
5. Suicide can be prevented
6. removing any potentially harmful objects


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