Pharmacology: Terminology, Side Effects and Adherence
Summary of Topics: Vocabulary like absorption, allergic reactions, interactions between medications. For side effects, touch on common side effects like nausea, headache, and less frequent side effects like anaphylactic reactions. The adherence piece can be fraught with cultural difficulties, because in many cultures patients tell the providers what they think the providers would like to hear, and not necessarily the truth. An example of this is that the patient may say that he/she is injecting insulin regularly as prescribed, but may have the belief that using insulin will cause blindness. The role of the interpreter here is to help the patient explain to the provider what his/her beliefs are, and what is the real situation regarding which prescribed medications they are taking and which they may not be.
Presenter: Elena Rivera-Patton
Approved for 1 CCHI CE hour and 0.1 RID CEU.