New in Town
New in Town
Health Disparities : Weaving A New Understanding Through Case Narratives
This is a story of three patients seen by a newly licensed physician shortly after completing residency training. The physician was born, raised, and educated in the northeastern United States before moving to Texas where he was unprepared to handle the cultural differences and challenges he faced. In this report, the author describes encounters with three patients who have a different approach to their own health. The first patient was an HIV-positive mother who preferred to rely on God for her healing. The second patient was also an HIV-positive individual who had a different interpretation of how to take his medications. Finally, the third patient was a woman with obsessive compulsive disorder who could not afford the bus fare to see a psychiatrist. In all the three cases, the author was touched by the plight and response of each patient.
Social support; Mental health; Compliance; Grief; HIV; Medicine; Depression; Poverty; Social Work; Health literacy; Adherence; Medicine & Public Health; Health Psychology; Medical Sociology; Premedical Education
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John Boltri, “New in Town,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 22, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/10860.