Mental Health Patient Rights vs. Neglect May 25, 2013 Mental Health Patient Rights vs. Neglect People with mental illness are a vulnerable section of society, whose decision-making capacities are affected by their disorders, so such patients may not seek or accept treatment for their problems (Cady, 2010). At the same time, recognizing and respecting rights of the patient with mental health disorders is essential for a health care provider, especially regarding the fact that evaluation and treatment of such patients can be “more coercive and less open to public awareness and accountability than the treatment of patients with other medical conditions” (Cady, 2010, p. 118). The issue of giving mental health patient rights is a rather controversial one, as often the right of the patient to refuse certain treatment or care may result in serious health consequences for the patient and can be seen as neglect of the healthcare provider.
Introduction I have looked at scenario 2 in order to gain an understanding of the problems facing a multiracial teenager living in a deprived area where she is feeling increasingly isolated. This assignment will help to explain the some of the psychological, sociological and social policy concepts and their impact upon public health. There are many concepts that are relevant to Sasha’s circumstances so I will look at the two that I feel are most applicable to her individual situation. One of the crucial things she will be aware of is feeling social exclusion; this is described by Giddens (2009) as a process that sees the person cut off from full involvement in society. He explains that this can be caused by poor housing in deprived areas with poor schools and fewer employment opportunities.
Ineffective Community Coping related to presence of socially deviant, high risk behaviors (such as prostitution and illegal drug activity) and lack of cooperation in a community. One nursing intervention is allowing the client to express negative emotions, verbalize fears, and concerns. Another nursing intervention is assisting the client to identify support services for health care and safety issues. As most people who
The word “vulnerability” stems from the Latin vulnerare, which means, “to wound.” (Oxford Encyclopedic English Dictionary, 1995). "Labeling individuals as 'vulnerable' risks viewing vulnerable individuals as 'others' worthy of pity, a view rarely appreciated" (III, Danis & Patrick 2002, p. 320). Vulnerable populations are groups not well integrated into the health care system because of ethnic, cultural, economic, geographic, or health characteristics. This isolation puts members of these groups at risk for not obtaining necessary medical care, and thus constitutes a potential threat to their health, (Hurst, 2008). Effective health care is dependent on understanding vulnerable individuals and populations with respect to biases and prejudices of healthcare providers.
Right to Withdraw Care in End of Life Situations Name here School name Right to Withdraw Care in End of Life Situations There are many decisions that have to be made concerning the right to withdraw care at the end of life. These issues are faced by doctors, nurses, patients and family members concerned about the decision to withdraw care. Many of these decisions regarding care raise anxiety among the healthcare team, family members and even the patient. The patient must be able to make decisions about their care. The purpose of this paper is to discuss that as a patient’s life deteriorates care is no longer able to improve a patient’s quality of life but their projected outcome is thought to be a continued degeneration.
Compassion fatigue can eventually affect one’s personal relations, as it can cause the caregiver to withdraw, isolate, or detach oneself if unaddressed. Failure to cope with work stressors can even lead to risky behaviors, such as alcohol or substance abuse. Compassion
Vulnerable Population Sara Williams Nur/440 09-12-11 University of Phoenix Vulnerable Population A vulnerable population is a group of persons whose range of options is severely limited, who are frequently subjected to coercion in their decision making, or who may be comprised in their ability to give informed consent (SensAgent, 2011). Vulnerability is a general concept meaning “susceptibility,” and its specific connotation in terms of health care is “at risk for health problems” (De Chenay & Anderson, 2008). A vulnerable population is not just about the physically ill patients, it can also affect the mentally ill, and low social economic population. According to Aday (2001), vulnerable populations are those at risk for poor physical, psychological, or social health. Young single mothers fit into this category as well.
This shift did not come without its problem; instead if came with many implications for people living with mental illness. Reform increased the burden on families and society due to inadequate care when needed. Thereby, escalating stigmatisation, homelessness, unmanaged medications, self-harm and harm to other people (Bland et al., 2009). These changes created implications for social workers because inadequate funding and cuts to services limited the way services were delivered. Even though there were principles to guide social work practice in mental health, tension emerged between evidence based practice, recovery principles and the lived experiences of mental health.
In today’s economy more and more people are categorized as vulnerable. Finding oneself in a vulnerable state, such as unemployed or underemployed, ill, or homeless, can be the catalyst for positive change. In addition vulnerable populations are often victims of ethnocentric biases that are prevalent in health care, which can interfere with access to quality care. Barriers Many barriers exist that have a negative effect on an individual’s ability to access quality health care. Immigrants experience many difficulties navigating the complicated bureaucracies that interfere with obtaining health care.
Many studies show that people who are homeless are more likely to experience mental health and mental illness because homelessness is a cause in which it effects the mental health (Nowshad, 2011). Homeless people suffer from mental illness due to other factors such as their inability to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. Difficult choices must be made when limited resources cover only some of the basic necessities. Often it is housing, which costs a high amount of income that must be dropped. In this case individuals that cannot provide these