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Topic 3 DQ 1

DQ 1 :Compare vulnerable populations.

Compare vulnerable populations. Describe an example of one of these groups in the United States
or from another country. Explain why the population is designated as  vulnerable.; Include the
number of individuals belonging to this group and the specific challenges or issues involved.
Discuss why these populations are unable to advocate for themselves, the ethical issues that must
be considered when working with these groups, and how nursing advocacy would be beneficial.
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Judith Okpalaobi
Jul 6, 2022, 11:07 PM

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Despite the need for accessible and affordable care, not all populations receive care that matches
their needs. Vulnerable populations are at a huge disadvantage, and they comprise individuals
(groups and communities) at a high risk of poor health stemming from social, economic, and
political barriers. Most barriers that vulnerable populations face can be avoided with a change in
cultural mindsets and determination to transform their lives. Populations facing limitations due to
illness and disability also comprise the vulnerable populations.
A fitting example of vulnerable populations in the United States is the LGBTQ + people. Due to
their sexual minority nature, LGBBTQ+ needs are not comprehensively addressed. They are a
vulnerable population since they are socially discriminated against, abused, and stigmatized even
in health care settings. Such mistreatment increases the rates of mental disorders among
LGBTQ+ individuals (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2022). Demographic

statistics indicate that LGBTQ+ comprises about 8% of the USA population. This makes up about
20 million adults (Powell, 2021). Besides mental health problems, substance abuse and suicide
are high among LGBTQ+. Stigma deters them from seeking immediate care when in need, and a
significant proportion seeks solace in drug abuse.
Discrimination is the main barrier hampering LGBTQ+ individuals’ ability for self-advocacy. Society
is yet to fully accept their sexual orientation and gender identity (Office of Disease Prevention and
Health Promotion, 2022). As a result, they cannot readily discuss their health problems with family
members or visit health care facilities for medical support since fairness is not guaranteed. Ethical
issues that must be considered when working with LGBTQ+ individuals and other populations
include privacy and respect for their identity, and respect for individual beliefs. Health care
providers should primarily focus on health issues and ensure vulnerable populations get the
attention they deserve regardless of their beliefs, cultures, and sexual orientation. Nursing
advocacy would be beneficial for promoting equality in health care delivery and fighting for the
safety of weak groups (Abbasinia et al., 2020). It can also help to promote access to care and the
development of policies that protect such populations from abuse and discrimination.
References
Abbasinia, M., Ahmadi, F., & Kazemnejad, A. (2020). Patient advocacy in nursing: A concept
analysis. Nursing Ethics, 27(1), 141-151. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0969733019832950
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2022). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender health. https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/lesbian-gay-
bisexual-and-transgender-health
Powell, L. (2021). We are here: LGBTQ+ adult population in United States reaches at least 20
million, according to human rights campaign foundation report. Human Rights
Watch. https://www.hrc.org/press-releases/we-are-here-lgbtq-adult-population-in-united-states-
reaches-at-least-20-million-according-to-human-rights-campaign-foundation-report

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