Biophysical psychological sociocultural behavioral and health system factors. A woman’s life expectancy has increased from 48.3 years in 1900 to 79.4 years in 1997. Today, our challenge is to make those extra years of life healthy and productive . Women represent 51 percent of the total U.S. population; 59 percent of the over-65 population; and 71 percent of Americans older than age 85, the fastest growing segment of the population. Women also constitute 46 percent of the nation’s workforce. They make up 52 percent of the voting-age population, and they are more likely to vote in national elections than are men. In 1996, 55.5 percent of women voted in contrast to 52.8 percent of men.
Biophysical psychological sociocultural behavioral
- Read the scenario below.
- Respond to the questions in full sentences. Be sure to
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- What are the biophysical, psychological, sociocultural, behavioral and health system factors operating in this situation?
- What actions would you take to provide more sensitive and effective care for women who are lesbian, bisexual, or transgender?
- Describe the major health concerns of this woman and what role the community health nurse might play in this situation?
Betty is 45 years old, self-employed, divorced three times, and mother of three boys and one daughter. Two years ago, her last husband died of lung cancer at age 54.
She was referred to the local clinic because she has been feeling depressed. During the interview, Betty informs the community health nurse that she is tired of living the old way, and she is now involved with a woman and considers herself a lesbian. She admits that she has been sexually involved with both men and women during the past three years. She indicates that she is afraid she might have cancer because her mother died of breast cancer five years ago at the age of 67. She does not have health insurance. Betty stated that she is embarrassed to get a pap smear because she heard that gay women do not need to get a pap smear since they are not having “real sex” vaginally.