Harmful Effects Of Dr. Williams

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Dr. Williams’s actions and behaviors presented a multitude of negative aspects that had a damaging effects on the way he delivered care to his patients and their families. Consequently, this also had harmful effects on the healthcare of his patients. Dr. Williams can be viewed as being cultural incompetent and because of his actions he is beginning to jeopardize his patients’ treatment. Initially, Dr. Williams makes a fundamental mistake of not addressing the underlying cause of why he is experiencing communication difficulties with his patients. Dr. Williams is aware of his cultural incompetence, but does not take the time to address this issue. Instead, he uses his lack of time as an excuse for not learning about the cultures of his patients. …show more content…
Williams’s cultural incompetence has affected his relationship with the Phan family. When he is told of the story of Chi’s wife tasting their son’s medication, Dr. Williams is quick to jump to his own conclusion. He is quick to assume that the Phan parents are not acting in the best interest of the child as he wanted child protection services to be called. This again confirms that Dr. Williams has preconceived notions concerning other cultures which lead him to make irrational decisions surrounding the care of the patient and the intentions of the parents. This can even be seen with the Reese family; he acts favorable towards this family by assuming they are a good family and will follow his instructions. He neglects to consider other factors such as family dynamics that may hinder the mother from following his …show more content…
In their culture, the doctor is expected to address the husband and not the wife. However, Dr. Williams addresses the wife and assumes she is uncaring by her lack of communication. Not only was this situation effects by who Dr. Williams spoke to, but it was also affected by how Dr. Williams spoke. He rushed through the discussion and often raised his voice. He used technical terms that the Phans could not understand. In addition, the Phans considered Dr. Williams to be disrespectful as he stood with his hands in his pockets. As with the Waleeds, the Phan leave the appointment feeling horrible, disrespected and consider the appointment a waste of

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