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Hello Marial, Thanks for sharing your response. Please perform an evaluation of your experiences as a professional nurse. Reflect on a patient experience where you encountered a health disparity that was a determinant to the patient’s health. In hindsight, was there an opportunity where you should have acted to help eliminate this but did not? Explain. What would you do differently next time you encounter a similar situation?

This was my prompt:

Health is under the influence of many factors which are categorized into five general and broad groups which are known as the determinants of health. These determinants of health include, behavior, genetics, social factors, medical care, physical and environmental factors. The interrelationship among these determinants that determine both population and individual health. What reasons make some people unhealthy while others healthy? “How can we create a society in which everyone has a chance to live a long and healthy life?” These are some of the questions that Healthy people 2020 are exploring and try to act upon by: establishing objectives that address the underlying relationship between all the five determinants. Emphasizing on an ecological approach to health promotion and disease prevention.

Despite the fact that the term disparities is often used to mean ethnic or racial disparities, many other dimensions of disparity in the United States specifically in health. If the resultant outcome of health is seen to be lesser or greater extent between populations, there is a high chance that there is disparity. A case example of where I encountered a health disparity first hand is when a teenager had an eating disorder trying to achieve what she termed as an ‘ideal body’. The age group of between 13-19 years is one that is very critical and those belonging in this age group should be under constant supervision to ensure that they lead a healthy lifestyle (Adler et al. 2016). In this case, social factor is the determinant to the health of the girl, her need to fit socially is what pushes her to under eat in order to have the ‘ideal body’. In such a condition, the patient is supposed to be taken through a series of therapy to make her understand that her health is more important than what the society thinks of her body size.

REFERENCE

Adler, N. E., Glymour, M. M., & Fielding, J. (2016). Addressing social determinants of health and health inequalities. Jama, 316(16), 1641-1642.

McKee, M., & Stuckler, D. (2018). Revisiting the corporate and commercial determinants of health. American journal of public health, 108(9), 1167-1170.

This was th question this week:

Watch the video Health Determinants: A Framework for Reaching Health People 2020 Goals. Reflect on a patient experience where you encountered a health disparity that was a determinant to the patient’s health. In hindsight, was there an opportunity where you should have acted to help eliminate this but did not? Explain. What would you do differently next time you encounter a similar situation?

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