Effects of discriminatory practice.
The effects of discrimination are so wide that an information booklet could not explain all. The effects of discrimination could be distress, guilt, can lead an individual to feel empty and lonely and this can cause isolation, depression, low self-esteem, low self-image, disempowerment, marginalisation (isolating a individual because of who they) loss of interest and even suicide (certain words can trigger certain emotions) and filled with so much pessimistic energy. Discrimination is not something to be used as a joke and it can be a serious offence. That is why under the (Care Quality Commission.org. 2014) it talks about the health and social act 2008. It also talks about the regulations and the acts taking if discrimination did happen in the health and social care sector.
Here is some example of discriminatory practice in health and social care. While working in health and social care and
Example of discriminatory practice in a health and social care setting, could be when a service provider is talking to an elderly service user with a loud and extra slow voice because they have hearing impairment and are intellectually less able to understand what is being said.
It could also be in a case where because there is refusal of medical treatment because maybe the service user may smoke or take drugs or maybe they could be denied from the right treatment because the medication is too expensive.
Also offering inappropriate treatment or care is also a discriminatory act and is wrong in the health and social care setting for example giving the wrong treatment to the patient because the career did not check care plans or risk assessment etc. Lastly even though there are many more, giving less time than needed is one of them. Not giving time to the patient is wrong and the right care would not be giving.
When working in a health and social care setting, this will also help you as a service provider to be able to provide the right care while working on your CPD (continued professional development) because you would also be able to explore the kind of person you are as an individual and how to give your care. If discriminatory practice is seen in a health and social care, do something about it.
Marginialisation/ low self esteem / low self ident: discrimination is one of the major causes 0f marginilisation It is when an individual feels insignificant in society for example youths are part of a gang and should be locked up. When someone is margialised it is mainly because of their background, circumstances, health statues etc. When individual is marginalized, it cause an individual to be denied from their rights, resources which are giving to others expect from them. Many groups are effected by this discrimination for example individuals who are disabled, elderly, young youth, drug users etc. the impact of marginialisation could lead to fear, resentment, isolation, powerlessness etc. for example a service user sexual predilection is Homosexuality and he has HIV. Within a care home, the practitioner can in co-operate discriminatory practice as they may not want to fraternize with the individual which means he would not get the health and social care services that he needs. This can be a problem as he would feel unequivocally isolated from the other residents and the care workers causing him division and this can make him feel unwanted and unaccepted.
Disempowerment: when an individual is disempower, they have to fear to speak what’s on their mind. An individual who is not empowered can lead them to feel withdrawn, excluded , like an outside and even have very low self worth. Sometimes when an individual is disempowered they tend to fight back but there is always room for chauvinist individuals who will still follow and support discrimination. For example in a care home, service user speaking her mind about her health and no one is doing nothing about. Care workers contribute to discrimination if they do not listen to her and this can make her feel disempowered and excluded from her own health plans. This is inapt in any health and social care setting because disempowerment can lead to health issues as well emotionally and maybe even physically.
Restricted opportunities: there are many opportunities in health and social care but however, when an individual is discriminated against, they would could loose out on it. For example not being able to assess health and social care services and this can lead to more and more health issues. For example a Christian doctor refusing to treat a service user because he is gay.
Negative behaviors: this can lead to crime, abuse, aggression which all associate with discrimination. Negative behaviors can natural happen to any individual. In health and social care it is right to respect individuals choices . When they are not heard it can make them feel powerlessness and many times this can lead to harm and unfair aggression which could be taking out on anybody for example care workers, police etc. Because so much frustration is built up, individuals use this is an advantage to discriminate others. For example a service user who newly came into the care home happy and bright but now she is has suddenly become discourteous and unhappy. This was because when further looked into the situation , a care worker had been bullying her because of her age and how she looked.
Discrimination comes in many forms, they effect an individual emotional, physically and mentally which could lead to detrimental effects and problems. Effect of discrimination can poisons an individuals mind causing them to feel disempowered, low in image, self identity, being restricted from opportunities which then lead to negative behaviors. Just one word can make an individual unprotected, unsafe, unwanted and even commit suicide.