Critically examine medication adherence in people with disabilities,

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TOPIC: Critically examine medication adherence in people with disabilities, why disabled people may be non-compliant with their medication regime/treatments using a disability studies analysis, and how medication adherence and non-compliance in people with disabilities is conceptualized in nursing.


Strong Introduction:

Briefly identify the purpose of the paper.
State purpose of the paper and provide a brief outline of the paper.
Be clear and concise and state thesis at the end of the introduction paragraph.

Paragraph 1:

Describe the problem – medication adherence in disabled people and why disabled people are non-compliant with medication regime/treatments.
Describe how this problem is relevant to nursing.
How does nursing define the ‘problem of disabled people’s medication adherence and being non-compliant with medication regime/treatments’? (In an individual’s body? In an individual’s mind, IQ or behaviour?)
How nursing generally addresses the issue? Be specific with this issue – e.g. how nurses focus on the individual’s responsibility to medical adherence and medication regime/treatment compliance instead of focusing on changing intolerant societies; health care providers’ willingness to support people who have intellectual and physical disabilities.
What ways can this approach be problematic from a disability studies perspective?
Are there any areas of commonality in how health care providers and disabled people understand and respond to this issue?
Give a clear summary of the disability ‘problem’.
Give a clear identification of how this problem is defined within nursing using the medical model of disability.
Cite article(s) to support statements.

Important: Provide evidence to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:

Be sure to include ideas about disability– the medical model of disability vs the social model of disability perspective, the concept of ableism, issues related to rights, to care, to culture and intersectionality.
Be clear between impairment and disability; be clear on the difference between the medical and social models of disability, and correct use of language.
These include separation of impairment (lacking mechanism of the body- e.g. seeing, hearing, cognitive ability, mobility) and disability (oppression, disadvantage and/or restriction caused by societal organization that fails to take into account the diversity of human embodiment).
Be sure to talk about disability in ways that acknowledge these key aspects.
Keep in mind some of the key points, terminology, and language of a disability studies perspective.
When using a word (e.g. intersectionality, ableism, disability justice) – be sure to provide a definition, explain what you mean, you’re understanding of this concept and how it applies within the paper.
If you use “disabled person/people” or “people/person with a disability” state reason for your choice of terminology using a disability studies perspective.
Include evidence of understanding of a disability studies perspective – Cite article(s) to support ALL statements.
Make sure to provide a citation to support each point.

*Remember to be consistent with a Disability Studies analysis.
Important: Provide evidence to back up your statements.

Paragraph 3:

Where does the disability problem on medication adherence and non-compliance lie from a social model of disability perspective?
What is causing this problem from a disabled individual’s perspective? (e.g. a policy problem, a problem of limited resources, limited access, lack of services, poor professional training, poor therapies, structural barriers and so forth).
When looking at what could be learned/gained from a disability perspective, talk about the benefits of shifting the understanding of where disability is located and how this shift could change responses.
How is the understanding of this problem from a social model of disability perspective different from a medical model of disability perspective?
What barriers need to be removed for people to be more self-determined?
How do caring dynamics and institutional policy and practice create disabling conditions?
How are norms of what is deemed to be acceptable and appropriate within society preventing disabled people from being compliant to treatments and medication adherence?
How does a disability studies perspective complement, shift, challenge and resist the negative ideas about disability explained in paragraph 2?
Cite article(s) to support statements.

*Remember to be consistent with a Disability Studies analysis.
Important: Provide evidence to back up your statements.

Paragraph 4:

What are some solutions to this problem with disabled people (medication adherence and being non-compliant with medication regime/treatments)?
Please keep your focus and scope somewhat narrow; i.e. do not write generally about inclusion.
Provide examples to illustrate solutions to this problem among disabled population.
Think about what disabled people might say on the matter.
What could be improved, changed, undone, understood differently.
How do readings and ideas help us think differently about our assumptions and ideas we commonly take for granted?
How might disabled people be more fully involved?
Clearly identify solutions that nursing should propose.
Analysis of these ‘solutions’ – Where should health care providers locate the problem of disability?
What assumptions underlie these solutions?
Where does the power to solve the problem lie?
Why are nurses and other health care providers seen as responsible for solving the problem?
Cite article(s) to support statements.

*Remember to be consistent with a Disability Studies analysis.
Important: Provide evidence to back up your statements.


Clearly express main thesis and supportive ideas.
Anchor with a strong conclusion.
Provide final thoughts, insights, and the broader implications.


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