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How do the images of childhood affect attitudes towards childcare? How have these images influenced childcare practices in Singapore? Discuss.
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Health care and Advertising; The problems that arise in the field of Pharmaceuticals.
Health care and Advertising; The problems that arise in the field of Pharmaceuticals Intro Healthcare advertising and marketing is on the rise. Few healthcare providers even had marketing departments in the 1970's. Now, even mainstream providers are investing in their images. Advertising often helps the consumer make choices amid a large number of options. But consumer patient choice is increasingly limited by managed care plans, adding a layer of irony to the spread of direct advertising. In this paper I would like to talk about advertising, specifically in the healthcare field, go over some the problems, and try to find solution to some of the problems in the industry, and try to express my opinions on the matter. What is Advertising Advertising is salesmanship. The only purpose of advertising is to make sales. It can either be profitable or unprofitable. It is any form of non-personal presentation and promotion of goods, ideas, or services by an identified sponsor. Advertising is used for business firms, non-profit organizations, professionals, and social agencies. Major decisions in advertising include objective setting, budget decisions, message, and media decisions, and campaign evaluation. It is a way of promoting products, services, or information. It is a way for business to communicate with consumers in a visual manor. It started in the 17th century with
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Discuss the care pathway of an adult patient who has undergone a surgical /acute procedure. Critically examine one aspect of this pathway.
Care pathways aim to assist care delivery, by providing guidance, milestones and expected outcomes over a set time period (Herring, 1999). Throughout this assignment, the care pathway for women undergoing a full abdominal hysterectomy will be discussed. To do this the term hysterectomy will be defined, and some common conditions resulting in the procedure will be identified. As will recent trends relating to hysterectomies in the United Kingdom. Care pathways will then be discussed, in relation to the nurses' role at each stage. The short comings and advantages of using such frameworks will also be identified. In doing this legal and ethical considerations, along with the principals of holistic care in a surgical environment, to meet the needs patients from a diverse society will be addressed. Within this the focus will turn to post operative pain, and the tools used in its assessment. Some common tools used in the assessment of pain will be identified, compared and critically analysed. Hysterectomy refers to the surgical removal of the uterus; this may or may not involve the removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix depending on the nature of the patients condition (Castledine & Close, 2006). This is a major operation and is usually carried out as an elective procedure. The procedure may be carried out abdominally, using a horizontal incision on the lower
What is Health Psychology?
What is Health Psychology? Through the course of this essay I will consider what is meant by the term health, then I shall critically evaluate some of the factors and issues that are associated with the origins of health psychology, then present definitions and goals for this field of psychological study considering its role within the health care system and its methods of research. In order to discuses what is health psychology we need to look firstly at the changing definitions of what can be defined as health and secondly how the application of Psychology can be applied to this field of study. The World health organisation defined health as " a complete state of physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". This differed significantly from previous definitions, which had defined health in negative terms, as the 'absence of disease, dysfunction, pain, suffering or discomfort'. The WHO definition is a more holistic approach and incorporates the psychological aspects that are associated with health. Kaplan (1993) states, "a second important aspect of this definition is the recognition of the various dimensions of health status, including physical, mental and social aspects. Previous definitions of health had emphasized only the physical components". Therefore health is not just the absence of disease, health is a multi
Reflective account During the first term of my physiotherapy degree, I was sent out one day a week for 12 weeks on an observational placement in various departments. During one of my observational placements as a physiotherapy student, I was following a physiotherapist in a intensive care unit (ICU). The physiotherapist had a list of patients that she had to see and treat. The first patient we went to see was a patient who had been involved in a serious accident and who had severe brain damage. The physiotherapist at the time had told me before we went in to see the patient that the doctors had diagnosed him as being brain dead. The physiotherapist then told me that she did not agree with the diagnosis given. When we went in the patient was none responsive verbally. As the physiotherapist walked in she began talking to the patient. The patient did not respond to her. She then went on to talk about the treatment that she was about to do. When the physiotherapist was treating this patient she was talking to the patient even though the patient was not aware that the physiotherapist was there. The physiotherapist still had to ask the patient for consent when carrying out the treatment even though there was no verbal response from the patient. When the physiotherapist was passively stretching the patient's foot, she told the patient that I know you don't like it but we have to