Cultural Influences The Health Care Setting. If you are not in tune with the universe, there is sickness in the heart and mind.—Navajo saying He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.—Arabian saying.
If you are not in tune with the universe, there is sickness in the heart and mind.—Navajo saying
He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.—Arabian saying
“Professional health care providers frequently assume that people’s cultures are more similar than they actually are.” Gropper, p 285
Children lean what is culturally appropriate health care behaviors from parents, family and school.
Dualistic and Holistic Worldviews
Mechanistic(U.S.) deals with the ways of knowing
Reasoning is considered to be humankind’s “highest faculty and achievement.”
A perspective that historically has emerged from India, Tibet, Japan, China, etc.
(Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Zen)
Widely accepted in traditional Hispanic, Caribbean, African, and other cultures. Views illness as a sign of weakness, a punishment or retribution for shameful behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing, or a failure to show respect to elders!
Shaman in Madrid
Folk Medicine in Taiwan
Modesty and female purity
Pregnancy and childbirth
Time orientations—Monochronic and Polychronic
Know Diverse Systems/Beliefs
Acknowledge patient’s beliefs concerning cause of illness, how to treat it, and how to prevent in future.
Ask patient series of questions