Week 4 Discussion: Authority and Tradition
Step 1 Recall a situation when you were asked to perform a specific intervention and/or practice idea based on authority or tradition. Describe the intervention or practice. Based on your knowledge of evidence-based practice, does this practice still hold value now? Use an Evidence-Based Guideline or nursing specialty organization Standard of Practice to support your answer
NUR445 Week 4 Discussion
Health and Medical care are among the most dynamic of all human endeavors. A patient visited with gastrointestinal infection reporting abdominal pain and diarrhea as the primary symptom on one occasion. After a comprehensive patient assessment, I found that the patient was suffering from amoebic dysentery. According to evidence-based research findings, gastrointestinal amebiasis is treated using nitroimidazole medicines, which destroy amoebas in the intestines’ walls, liver abscesses, and blood (Zulfiqar, Mathew, & Horrall, 2018). On the other hand, the patient was adamant about the usage of a medicinal plant (Fabaceae) to treat his ailment. A common reason for the patient use of medicinal plants is that they are widely accessible and inexpensive. However, it is also owing to the persistence of traditional cultural beliefs and practices in rural regions, as well as the lack of access to contemporary healthcare systems in these places.
Gastroenterology practice guidelines recommend the use of nitroimidazole drugs in the treatment of gastrointestinal amebiasis. Some of the recommended medicines in this class include metronidazole (Flagyl) and tinidazole (Tindamax, Fasigyn) (Zulfiqar, Mathew, & Horrall, 2018). According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, these recommendations are not rigid procedures that must be performed but rather are designed to highlight generally suggested actions that a qualified healthcare professional may consider incorporating into their practice (Rokaya et al., 2018). Therefore, the use of the traditional intervention of gastrointestinal disorders still holds value. There are several gastrointestinal ailments that may be treated using medicinal plants. These range from minor problems such as vomiting to more severe issues such as peptic ulcers (Rokaya et al., 2018). Beyond ethnobotanical investigations, in vitro and in vivo trials have been utilized to uncover the processes that underpin the success of some therapeutic plants that have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.
Rokaya, M. B., Uprety, Y., Poudel, R. C., Timsina, B., Münzbergová, Z., Asselin, H., … & Sigdel, S. R. (2018). Traditional uses of medicinal plants in gastrointestinal disorders in Nepal. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 158, 221-229. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378874114007247
Zulfiqar, H., Mathew, G., & Horrall, S. (2018). Amebiasis. https://europepmc.org/article/nbk/nbk519535