You (COTA) and I (OTR) have just been assigned a new patient, a 36-year-old woman named Mary Sudden, who was in a car accident and has resulting bruises and a fractured left ankle and humerus, on which she wears a sling. She has been newly admitted to the rehab unit, and while in the acute hospital received most of her ADL care from the nursing staff due to injuries. She has a lot of pain, and frequently calls the nurses to ask for help. She makes sure to speak to the doctor every day about her progress, and is observed speaking frequently to other patients in a friendly manner.
1. Culture/Diversity: She came to the United States as a young woman from the Cayman Islands to get a position in a bank after completing her college education in Great Britain. She is single and working as a manager, and her married sister, husband, and children also live nearby. Her parents visit periodically from the Caymans, and she has frequent contact with friends from the Caymans, either electronically or through visits. She attends a Baptist church.
Write about the following factors that we will need to consider: 1.What primary ethnicity/culture does she belong to? 2. How much do you know about that culture? 3. How would you compare your primary culture to hers? 4. What might you include in the OT intervention to demonstrate cultural competence?
2. Communication: Answer the following questions about how we will need to communicate with our new patient: 1. How will we make introductions? 2. How will we introduce how OT can help her? 3. How would we communicate in a non-ethnocentric manner? 4. What therapeutic use of self will we need to practice?
3. Values: Describe the following: 1. Name at least one OT value that we would put into action working with Ms. Bodden and provide an example of how we would do that. 2. Of your top 3 rated values on the completed assessment, pick one that would relate to this patient and explain why. 3. List one value that would reinforce healing and how we would put it into action.
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