Running Head: THE CLINICIAL PIT STOP 2Societal understanding of health varies from one culture to another. Several factors such asgender, class, ethnicity, religion and even education determine our experience of reality. Health,illness, and disability can all be seen as socially created or defined. Some debate that friends,relatives, and even cultural backgrounds often influence a person’s view of a “symptom” worthy of the physician’s attention. In addition, images, places, and various spaces often formulate a realityof what “health” is for individuals. However, thorough observations and interpretations of objectsand images within a particular space can provide insight and enlightenment of how realities aresocially constructed for people within that environment. This paper will provide an in-depthdescription of how CVS MinuteClinic in Waxhaw, North Carolina has socially shaped our notionsof health/illness. A critical examination and analysis of artifacts/text within CVS MinuteClinic will be explored and discussed to offer substantiation of how illnesses and diagnosis are constructed for patients who visit this type of healthcare unit.
Description of the Clinical Pit Stop
The visit to CVS MinuteClinic revealed some intriguing dynamics as it relates to societalconception of our health reality and convictions. The MinuteClinic was located in the back of CVS, where it was seemingly quiet with light instrumental jazz music playing over the intercom.While walking through the aisles, there was an excessive amount of advertising prompting potential patients to make a quick visit to the clinic for further medical assistance. There were atleast three to four advertisements in every walkway. Once a prospective patient enters into thewaiting area, they are greeted by a flat screen monitor that list minor illnesses, skin conditions,wellness exams, and vaccinations the MinuteClinic clinical physicians are able to administer. Thespace of the MinuteClinic was shaped parallel in the form of an assembly line, stretching