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HCA250 / HCA 250 / CheckPoint: Coping Styles and Psychological Preparation

HCA250 / HCA 250 / CheckPoint: Coping Styles and Psychological Preparation

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CheckPoint: Coping Styles and Psychological Preparation
Resources: Ch. 5, Table 5.1 (p.120) & Ch. 10 of Health Psychology, and the WebMD®
Web site at http://www.webmd.com
HCA 250 The Psychology of Health Course Syllabus Page 17
Due Date: Friday
Please post in your Individual forum
Review the cardiac catheterization procedure presented in your text on p. 280, or read
about it on the WebMD® Web site.
Select either Case A or Case B:
Case A: Gerry is a tall and lean 64-year-old male pacing the floor at the cardiologist’s
office. He has been experiencing severe chest tightness and shortness of breath for
several days, but has not told his wife because her father recently passed away from a
massive heart attack. She is still mourning the loss. Gerry’s cardiologist has just told him
that he needs a cardiac catheterization. Gerry squeezed this appointment into his busy
schedule as a real estate broker for a commercial real estate company in Boston. He now
wonders if all of the extra time at the office he put in to climb up the ladder of success
was worth it.
Case B: Marsha (age 40) and Clint (age 45) have been waiting patiently in the clinic
room for preoperative instructions for mitral valve replacement. Marsha’s surgery is
scheduled for one week from today. She had rheumatic fever as a child and has been
experiencing shortness of breath and exercise intolerance, noted when walking around
the block. Marsha and Clint have two healthy children, ages 10 and 14. Clint is a
journeyman plumber. Marsha is a homemaker who struggles with reading. She has
dyslexia, and is upset with herself for not trying harder to read more about how to stay
healthy. Both Marsha and Clint’s parents live about 1,000 miles away, in a farming
community where the couple grew up, met, and married. They are very involved in their
church, and people have already offered to help.
Determine the patient’s coping style. Explain which psychological preparation method
would be most appropriate for the patient based on his or her background, coping style,
and behaviors in 250 to 300 words.
Update Appendix B (optional).
CheckPoint: Coping Styles and Psychological Preparation
Resources: Ch. 5, Table 5.1 (p.120) & Ch. 10 of Health Psychology, and the WebMD®
Web site at http://www.webmd.com
HCA 250 The Psychology of Health Course Syllabus Page 17
Due Date: Friday
Please post in your Individual forum
Review the cardiac catheterization procedure presented in your text on p. 280, or read
about it on the WebMD® Web site.
Select either Case A or Case B:
Case A: Gerry is a tall and lean 64-year-old male pacing the floor at the cardiologist’s
office. He has been experiencing severe chest tightness and shortness of breath for
several days, but has not told his wife because her father recently passed away from a
massive heart attack. She is still mourning the loss. Gerry’s cardiologist has just told him
that he needs a cardiac catheterization. Gerry squeezed this appointment into his busy
schedule as a real estate broker for a commercial real estate company in Boston. He now
wonders if all of the extra time at the office he put in to climb up the ladder of success
was worth it.
Case B: Marsha (age 40) and Clint (age 45) have been waiting patiently in the clinic
room for preoperative instructions for mitral valve replacement. Marsha’s surgery is
scheduled for one week from today. She had rheumatic fever as a child and has been
experiencing shortness of breath and exercise intolerance, noted when walking around
the block. Marsha and Clint have two healthy children, ages 10 and 14. Clint is a
journeyman plumber. Marsha is a homemaker who struggles with reading. She has
dyslexia, and is upset with herself for not trying harder to read more about how to stay
healthy. Both Marsha and Clint’s parents live about 1,000 miles away, in a farming
community where the couple grew up, met, and married. They are very involved in their
church, and people have already offered to help.
Determine the patient’s coping style. Explain which psychological preparation method
would be most appropriate for the patient based on his or her background, coping style,
and behaviors in 250 to 300 words.
Update Appendix B (optional).

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