Case Study : Huntington 's Disease Essay
Case 2 presents a story of two brothers Brain and Jeff, whose father was diagnosed some time ago with Huntington’s disease (HD). Upon realization that the father may not live too long, Brain decided to reconcile with his father. Jeff however cannot forgive him the fact that he left the family and refuses to visit his father. The communication between two brothers ceases to the point that Jeff does not want to know anything about his father and his illness. After Brain learns that he tested positive for the HD, he initially wants to tell his brother about this fact, but ultimately, influenced by negative emotion of anger to Jeff, he changes his mind and decides not share this news with him.
Who is the client / patient in this case? This case involves three men: father and two sons, and three of them can be considered the patients, however each of them presents different challenges. A father is already diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, Brain underwent genetic counseling and examination and tested positive for HD. The last person – Jeff is a patient-at risk, unaware, on his own wish, what his future holds in terms of the risk for developing HD, and how this medical condition could ultimately affect his future life, marriage, possibility of having child, and his choice of career. In this situation Brian is a patient, whose confidentiality becomes a challenge for the genetic nurse, and
Jeff, who is considered a patient-at…