Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Critical Thinking Questions

September 2, 2021
  1. Look up the drug digoxin in a drug handbook. What doses are recommended for infants, children, adults, and older adult patients? What specific factors explain why these doses are different?
  2. Among your classmates, discuss differences in beliefs about disease and death. What cultures produced these different beliefs? Whose beliefs are best?
  3. Find resources that identify some of the different health care beliefs of various groups such as Chinese, Hispanics, and American Indians.
  4. African Americans vary in their beliefs and values from other black people. Identify some of the differences in cultures of black people. If you treated everyone who is black in the same manner, what would be the likely results of your care?
  5. Mrs. Green is 5 months pregnant. She has severe asthma but has not been taking her asthma medication because she is afraid it would hurt her baby. What are some of the factors that should be considered when you talk to Mrs. Green about this problem?
  6. Ms. Kim, an older adult Korean woman with limited English, was brought in for surgery by her grandson, who speaks English. Now it is time for her first dose of presurgery medication, but her grandson is nowhere to be found. When you approach Ms. Kim with the medication, she smiles but shakes her head no. “No,” she says, shaking her head emphatically. “No pill.” How can you handle this situation?
  7. You and your husband plan to begin a family. What medications are safe to take if you are pregnant and have a bad cold? Diabetes? Epilepsy? What products should you definitely avoid?
  8. The last time you saw a health care provider for a minor primary care problem, did you get a prescription? Did you have it filled? Why or why not? Did you take all the medication as ordered? Why or why not?
  9. When you are very busy giving care to patients, what things can you do to develop a good relationship? How will this help in teaching them about taking their medications?
  10. Mrs. Jones tells you that she does not want her 6-month-old child to have immunizations. What would be the most therapeutic way to communicate with her?
  11. As a class you might decide to each pretend that you are going to take three different medications each for 1 week. Use a form of candy that has different colors to represent the different medications. Take drug #1 twice a day; take drug #2 three times a day; and take drug #3 four times a day. After 1 week, report back to the group and discuss your experiences in taking the medications. Were you able to take the medications as ordered every day for 1 week? Why or why not? What do you think about this learning activity? What did you learn that might help you in working with your patients?