May 2012, Alice Randall wrote an article for The New York Times on the cultural factors that encouraged black women to maintain a weight above what is considered healthy. Randall explained—from her observations and her personal experience as a black woman—that many African-American communities and cultures consider women who are overweight to be more beautiful and desirable than women at a healthier weight. As she put it, “Many black women are fat because we want to be” (Randall, 2012).
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Randall’s statements sparked a great deal of controversy and debate; however, they emphasize an underlying reality in the healthcare field: different populations, cultures, and groups have diverse beliefs and practices that impact their health. Nurses and healthcare professionals should be aware of this reality and adapt their health assessment techniques and recommendations to accommodate diversity.
In this Discussion, you will consider different socioeconomic, spiritual, lifestyle, and other cultural factors that should be taken into considerations when building a health history for patients with diverse backgrounds. Your Instructor will assign a case study to you for this Discussion.
Post an explanation of the specific socioeconomic, spiritual, lifestyle, and other cultural factors associated with the patient you were assigned. Explain the issues that you would need to be sensitive to when interacting with the patient, and why. Provide at least five targeted questions you would ask the patient to build his or her health history and to assess his or her health risks.
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the “Post to Discussion Question” link, and then select “Create Thread” to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking on Submit!
Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.
Respond on or before Day 6 on 2 different days to at least two of your colleagues who were assigned a different patient than you. Critique your colleague’s targeted questions, and explain how the patient might interpret these questions. Explain whether any of the questions would apply to your patient, and why.
You made a point of stating that alcohol could potentially affect other aspects of a person’s life. Alcoholism can affect families and damage relationships. It destroys trust and makes it hard for family members to develop a strong connection with that individual. Also, parents that struggle with alcoholism often neglect the physical and emotional needs of their children, which can lead to serious developmental issues. Alcoholism can also lead to domestic abuse, strain on finances and physical and mental health issues. Alcoholism does not just affect the person with the problem, it affects everyone around them as well.
Treehouse Rehab Editorial Team. (2019, November 22). 5 Effects of of Alcoholism on Family. Retrieved from Turning Point : https://www.turningpointtreatment.org/blog/5-effects-alcoholism-on-family/
Thank you for your post related to alcoholism. This man appears to be self-medicating whether it is the easiest and cheapest access or whether it could be the most convenient way in which to cope with life stress. Everaerd, Henckens, Bloemendall, and Maas (2020) share about the positive effects in which sleep has on memory performance as well as on positive coping mechanisms. I personally can relate to this study since I am one who requires a great amount of sleep in order to deal with daily life challenges. I realize that life can throw one different and unpredictable challenges, but a good night’s rest enables me to deal with daily problems in a suitable manner.
It appears as if this individual has looked for other ways in which to cope with his stressors which are unhealthy such as cigarette smoking. This serves as a temporary satisfaction and in turn negatively impacts one’s health long-term. It is unfortunate for people lose their way in life and resort to drugs and alcohol for methods in which to cope with challenges. Baldacchino, Cruz, Reyes, & Colet (2017) report about using spiritual and/or religious beliefs as ways in which to cope with stress. I find that being spiritual helps alleviate my stress and in turn helps maintain physiological health such as maintain my blood pressure and heart rate. It also helps with my ability to acquire a better quality night’s sleep.
I feel as if family support helps too. Kamaryati and Malathum (2020) share about the benefits of having family support in order to deal with challenges. I find that many of those who resort to alcohol and/or drugs as means to cope with life stress that many of them have severed ties with family support.
Baldacchino, D., Cruz, J., Reyes, R., & Colet, P. (2017). Spiritual coping strategies scale. Journal of Religion and Health, 56. 1381-
Everaerd, D., Henckens, M., Bloemendall, M., & Maas, F. (2020). Good vibrations: an observational study of real-life stress
induced by a stage performance. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 114. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.
Kamaryati, N. & Malathum, P. (2020). Family support: a concept analysis. Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research,