Political, Ethical, and Economical Influences on Health

Political, Ethical, and Economical Influences on Health

As you examined in Week 1, the disparity of available health care staffing is varied throughout the world. Often, countries with the greatest disease burden have the fewest health care professionals available to care for their populations. This week extends the premise further to analyze the influence of politics, ethics, economics, environment, and culture on the public’s health in the global arena. Through health care policy and advocacy efforts, nurses act as change agents to improve the quality of care and quality of life for poor and disenfranchised populations Political, Ethical, and Economical Influences on Health.

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Ethics in nursing practice and health care is a vitally important issue on the global health care front. A nurse’s responsibility toward a patient or a population can be viewed as an act that supports the preservation of human rights, dignity, and social justice. Nurses can address these needs in several ways, such as through political avenues, and by educating the community on disease prevention and proven methods to safeguard good health. By communicating a population’s vulnerability to specific ailments and diseases, nurses can be found working to promote health, prevent illness, and assist in recovery from many health problems.

This week you will examine how politics and economics influence health and health care. You will also consider ethical dilemmas when promoting health for a population.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Evaluate how politics and economics influence health and health care
  • Analyze political or economic system’s influence on health
  • Analyze government intervention for a health care system
  • Analyze approaches for mitigating outbreaks in relation to nursing practice*

*The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and submitted in Week 3.

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Learning Resources

Required Readings
Holtz, C. (2013). Global health care: Issues and policies (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Chapter 4, “Global Perspectives of Economics and Health Care” (pp. 91–122)
  • Chapter 6, “Ethics of End-of-Life Care from a Global Perspective” (pp. 139–156)
  • Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J. (2016). Public health nursing: Population-centered health care in the community (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  • Chapter 8, “Public Health Policy” (pp. 167–187)Political, Ethical, and Economical Influences on Health

Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community, 9th Ed. by Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J. Copyright 2015 by Elsevier Health Science Books. Reprinted by permission of Elsevier Health Science Books via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Levine, R. (2007). Case studies in global health: Millions saved. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

  • Case 9, “Improving the Health of the Poor in Mexico” (pp. 65–72)
Required Media
Laureate Education. (Producer). (2010d). Public and global health: Political, ethical, and economical influences on health [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 11 minutes.

TED. (2015b). Why your doctor should care about social justice. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/mary_bassett_why_your_doctor_should_care_about_social_justice

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 14 minutes.

Dr. Mary Bassett (Health Commissioner of New York City) discusses why physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals should not keep silent about health care disparities, based on her insights from her work in Zimbabwe.

Writing Resources and Program Success Tools
Document: AWE Checklist (4000) (Word document)

 

This checklist will help you self-assess your writing to see if it meets academic writing standards for this course.

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden templates: General templates: APA course paper template with advice (6th ed.). Retrieved May 20, 2016, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ld.php?content_id=7980455

Dr. Mary Bassett (Health Commissioner of New York City) discusses why physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals should not keep silent about health care disparities, based on her insights from her work in Zimbabwe Political, Ethical, and Economical Influences on Health.

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