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Case Studies:
Persons Living with Mental Disorders

Case studies of provider to patient encounters covering cultural gaps in gender, age, health literacy, trust and other socio-ethnic barriers. Cases also cover intra-ethnic variations among persons living with mental disorders and the need to avoid stereotyping in one's approach to care and treatment. 
The following are chosen from the AETC-NMC collection of case studies and focus on scenarios involving persons living with mental disorders:
Case Study 30 Emma is a homeless 35 year-old African American mother of 4 children between the age of 4 - 10, diagnosed with HIV three months ago. Her HIV last test was five years ago, and she did not return for the results. Read more...
Case Study 32

Peter is a 48 year-old African American male diagnosed with HIV 17 years ago. He has a history of intravenous drug abuse and consistently adhered to antiretroviral therapy (ARTs) while incarcerated for vehicular manslaughter due to a drunk driving accident. Read more...

Case Study 34

Ms. Turner, an African American woman, has a triple diagnosis: HIV+, paranoid schizophrenia, and alcoholism. She was referred to you, the primary care physician, by her social worker. She is not taking any medications for either HIV or her mental diagnosis. Read more...

Case Study 35

Ms. Adeyemi is a 33 year-old Nigerian woman who recently returned to the US from Africa after a six month vacation. She is 3 1⁄2 months pregnant. She has an 8-year-old son from a previous marriage. She was diagnosed with HIV 3 years ago. Read more...

Case Study 41

Angela is a 22 year old Chinese transgender male to female person. She seems nervous and does not make eye contact. English is not her first language. She is currently going through estrogen hormone therapy. She has a history of depression and drug use. Read more...


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