Populations with SCD are at risk for disparities primarily because of the lack of knowledge on the part of the healthcare providers regarding the disease; inadequate pain management and prejudice among the staff (Tanabe & Myers, 2007).
On interviewing several nurses in the hospital, many acknowledge that they have never taken care of a patient with SCD and do not know what to assess for. The only nurse with experience of taking care of a SCD patient did not know the complications of the disease and wondered why sickle cell patients “always request pain medication when it’s obvious they are not in pain.”
This presentation is a guide providing essential information to medical professionals on dealing with patients that have sickle cell anemia. In addition, the SCD questionnaire is designed to enhance the assessment of SCD patients by medical professionals in the emergency room and serve as a platform for understanding their vulnerabilities during assessment.
Emphasis of this questionnaire is placed on identifying risk factors for depression, the patient’s socio-economic barriers, lifestyle habits, transportation issues, safe home environment, effective pain management and avenues for possible genetic counseling all of which sickle cell patients have shown vulnerability to (Dorsey & Murdaugh, 2003).