This case study was written by UBC student Annabelle Liao in 2022. The following chapters follow the health journey fictional character Miki Huang takes from an infection of pneumonia leading to an exacerbation of her COPD, causing her to be admitted into hospital.
Although Miki’s pathology of pneumonia and ensuing exacerbation of COPD is different than patients with just pneumonia, there are many similarities in the diagnosis and treatment and interactions with health care team.
In this case study, Miki Huang is a non English-speaker and relies heavily on her daughter as her translator and patient advocate. Contrast this with the previous case study of Erin John who is an english-speaker and has no problem being her own patient advocate Patient: Erin Johns. Although the underlying pathology is the same (ie pneumonia causing an exacerbation of COPD), Miki and Erin’s perspectives are quite different.