Social Determinants of Health and Phenomenology to Practice

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The purpose of this paper is to thoroughly analyze a patient from a pathophysiological, social, and philosophical perspective. The World Heath Organization (WHO) social determinants of health will be applied to the patient data, emphasizing a phenomenological approach to analyze the determinant of physical environment. By understanding these various influences on a patient’s health status, we can provide a more holistic approach to health care for future patients.
Discussion of Assessment Findings and Application to Social Determinants A 59-year-old male, whose initials have been changed to “J.S.” due to confidentiality purposes, will be the patient for this paper. J.S. was admitted on January 12, 2014 to the Emergency Room (ER) complaining of vomiting every 15 minutes and abdominal pain rated at eight out of ten, on a scale where ten is the highest pain level. J.S. described his abdominal pain as “expanding from the inside of my stomach” (personal communication, January 15, 2014). J.S. was assessed and had an X-ray and Computed Tomography (CT) scan preformed while he was in the ER. The X-ray showed that his small bowel was distended as much as five to six centimeters, and filled with air and gaseous. A CT scan of his abdomen and pelvic region showed a narrowing of the GI tract lumen (J.S., Medical Chart, January 15, 2014). J.S.’s admitting diagnosis was a Small Bowel Obstruction (SBO), which is a form of intestinal obstruction where the lumen of the small intestine
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