Care of Special Populations

Oct 1, 2014 Issue
Appropriate Use of Medical Interpreters [Article]

Find out how to decrease malpractice risk by using professional interpreters for patients with limited English proficiency, and learn tips for using interpreters effectively and how to avoid common pitfalls.

Apr 15, 2014 Issue
Care of the Homeless: An Overview [Article]

Learn about the approach to therapy for a variety of conditions in this population.

Mar 1, 2013 Issue
Caring for Older Patients Who Have Significant Hearing Loss [Curbside Consultation]

This scenario illustrates issues related to end-of-life care and placement in a long-term care facility for older individuals with significant hearing loss. An analysis of data from the 1999 to 2006 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and statistics from the National Inst...

Jan 1, 2013 Issue
Caring for Latino Patients [Article]

Latinos comprise nearly 16 percent of the U.S. population, and this proportion is anticipated to increase to 30 percent by 2050. Latinos are a diverse ethnic group that includes many different cultures, races, and nationalities. Barriers to care have resulted in striking disparities in quality of h...

Feb 15, 2011 Issue
Primary Care for Refugees [Article]

Over the past decade, at least 600,000 refugees from more than 60 different countries have been resettled in the United States. The personal history of a refugee is often marked by physical and emotional trauma. Although refugees come from many different countries and cultures, their shared pattern ...

Jul 1, 2010 Issue
Care of the Returning Veteran [Article]

Veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan should be screened for posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and depression. Symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury from blast injuries can overlap with those of posttraumatic stress disorder. Suicide prevention is an important part of postdeployment care, as is recognizing problems with reintegration into family and society.

Mar 15, 2009 Issue
Treatment of the Post-ICU Patient in an Outpatient Setting [Article]

The care of a patient in the intensive care unit extends well beyond his or her hospitalization. Evaluation of a patient after leaving the intensive care unit involves a review of the hospital stay, including principal diagnosis, exposure to medications, period spent in the intensive care unit, and ...

Sep 1, 2008 Issue
Communicating Effectively with Transgender Patients [Curbside Consultation]

Transgender persons are those who consider their gender to be different from their biological sex. Hence, a male-to-female person is a biologic male who identifies as a female, and a female-to-male person is a biologic female who identifies as male.

Nov 1, 2007 Issue
Addressing a Patient's Refusal of Care Based on Religious Beliefs [Curbside Consultation]

This dilemma is complex. In this scenario, the patient limited the efforts to help her because of religious beliefs, and attempts at persuasion were not successful.

Nov 1, 2006 Issue
Treatment of Patients with Literacy Issues [Curbside Consultation]

Low literacy is more prevalent than previously thought. In 2003, almost 25 percent of Americans (45 million persons) who spoke English as their first language had the lowest level of literacy skills (i.e., level 1 out of 5) in reading, writing, and functioning in the English language. Persons with l...

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