Respiratory Issues Complicated by Economic Disadvantage

A mother brings her 8-year-old child to the clinic, stating the child “just isn’t breathing right, doesn’t want to play, just lies on the couch — this happens all the time.”

The appearance of both mother and child is disheveled. The child’s wheezing can be heard across the room. When asked if the child is better at any certain time of the day, the mother responds, “It’s like this all the time and has been for the past year — we saw a doctor last year who diagnosed asthma but we don’t have any money for drugs or to come back to the clinic.”

Directions:

  • Identify the resources currently available in your state (California) to support this family in the care of this child, including assistance programs for costs of health care follow-up and pharmaceutical treatment agents.
  • Create a communication plan for mother and child for both prescriptive and non-prescriptive drug therapies.

 

 

 

Textbook Information

 

Title: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioner Prescribers

Author: Woo, T. M. & Wynne, A. L.

ISBN: 978-0-803-62235-7

Publisher:  F. A. Davis

 

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