Critiquing Essay

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This essay is criticising the interaction between a health professional and service users in the DVD clip titled “Someone to Watch over Me”. Firstly, I am going to introduce the concepts of health and communication, making reference to the nurse/ patient relationship and the importance of interpersonal communication in the delivery of health information. To act as guidelines for this essay I have chosen four topics to inform the content. These topics include: exploring the social determinants of health that are relevant to the main characters in the DVD clip using Dahlgren and Whitehead’s (1991) model and considering ways in which these impact on the
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The more drink an individual has, the greater the health risks. Alcohol’s hidden harm(s) usually only emerge after a number of years. And by then, serious health problems could have developed (NHS Choices, 2012). The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (2012) suggest that there is a long term health risk and an immediate health risk for excessive drinking and they include: Neurological problems, including dementia, stroke, Cardiovascular problems, including myocardial infarction, Social problems, including unemployment, Miscarriage and stillbirth among pregnant women, and a combination of physical and mental birth defects among children that last throughout life. According to the assessment done by the health professional, Kim was always uncoordinated whenever she was drunk, which made her neglect her children. On most occasions she left her children really hungry, unkempt and starved. She is due to deliver in a couple of days and still engages in tobacco intake which is detrimental not only to her health but her unborn baby. Pitsiou and Argyropoulou-Pataka (2007 p.35) suggest that the main smoking-related diseases that affect women are lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease. Women are also at risk of developing a number of gender-specific problems. Smoking during pregnancy is associated with an overall increased risk of perinatal mortality. It has also been demonstrated to

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