Author: Haywood C, Whiteman L, McGuire M, Ramesh A, and Stewart R Publication Year: 2013
Summary: This paper proposes incorporating reflective writing in medical school curriculum to enable future medical staff to identify and appropriately treat those with sickle cell disease (SCD).
Description: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a serious, inherited disorder affecting hemoglobin function within red blood cells. The most common condition detected by newborn screening programs in the US, SCD is found in approximately 1 per every 2500 newborn births overall.

Unfortunately, many patients with SCD report that they are viewed by ED and other medical staff to be inappropriately “drug-seeking”, that the staff mistrusts their reports of pain, that they are stigmatized as substance abusers, that they are not adequately involved in decisions about their care, that they are not treated as individuals with their own particular experiences and needs, and that many of their basic needs are neglected while in the hospital 8, 9.

It is the hypothesis of this paper that provider care for individuals with SCD can be improved through the use of reflective writing in medical school curriculum. This paper asserts that reflective writing can improve cultural competence and general attitudes towards patients with SCD.

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