Knowing that I changed that life, that because of me hopefully their health will better instead of worsen. Through this program I hope to learn from the community, to learn their experiences, which will allow me to be even more conscious of the disparities they are forced to face, hence causing me to ponder “how can this issue be fixed?”, “what policy can be implemented”?. Being able to connect with the community and with my peers will be a valuable and unforgettable experience. Not only will I be able to learn from the community, but from my fellow peers, medical students, high school students, and other undergraduates as well. Getting to me mentored by people who have done what I want to do will be enriching, it’ll be an experience that ill cherish forever.
Often patients can misinterpret information that clinicians tell them especially where there is a language barrier present. When a clinician is giving medical information to the patient such as in the video ‘interpreting the message’ where the doctor tells the patient of possible treatment, Kelley (2015) argues that ensuring that the physician acts as a filter/conduit of information and assessment of risks and benefits is of utmost importance to patients. It is of equal importance for the healthcare professional to ensure that the patient understands and interprets correctly the information that is being relayed to them. If there is a language barrier present between a patient and their clinician interpretation is made more difficult and this can often lead to misinterpretation. Gregg and Saha (2007) describe language as “a simple shared system of grammar and words”.
The Purpose of Understanding Heritage The purpose of this paper is to explore the Hispanic, Filipino, and Caucasian cultural beliefs of health traditions, promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. Explained later are several different families whose different health traditions are influenced by their perception of their own cultural heritage. The evaluation of these different cultures reveals similarities and differences in traditions within heritage groups that express a wider cultural awareness and understanding. The true definition of cultural awareness is an understanding between individual attitudes to health and other cultural principles (Cultural awareness, n.d). To care for culturally different people one must be culturally competent.
Moreover, patients’ attitudes and beliefs towards disability vary from culture to culture, which may affect the response to treatment. So, healthcare providers need to be sensitive and aware of different cultures because the lack of awareness on the many cultural beliefs and values may influence providers to make the wrong judgment. Thus, cultural competence is a significant element in the different fields of healthcare such as rehabilitation to meet with patients’ various needs, especially cultural. As a result, many facilities including rehabilitation are making the effort to educate and train their staff about diversity in order to recognize and avoid behaviors or suggestions that might be offensive to patients. Niemeir, Burnett, and Whittaker (2003) described in “Cultural Competence in the Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Setting: Are we Falling Short of Meeting Needs?” about a Sudanese man, with a brain injury, who does not understand English and have strict religious practices, so the staff familiarized with the patient’s custom to understand his cultural views and the traditions of his country.
It is also important to truly understand the culture when caring for the population. For the Hispanic population, many believed that using herbal medicine would help relieve all diseases. They also believe some medical conditions are due to spiritual reason that causes this illness (Juckett, 2013). So by understanding their culture, through recruiting Hispanic physician and having a basic culture sensitivity, will help develop a better ways to provide good quality care for the Hispanic population
Cultural competence affects the patient and healthcare professional positively. Healthcare professionals can gain knowledge and skills to tailor to a patient’s satisfaction. A study by Soulé (2014), identified awareness, engagement, and application as the fundamental components of cultural competence in a health care workforce and health care system. Awareness can be likened to mindfulness of self and others. A health professional should understand their own culture, such as their naturally occurring stereotypes.
In the health care system, some patients encounter bias and discrimination by their health care providers. So, education, race, language, and socioeconomic status could influence their attitudes. As healthcare providers, we are expected to understand and incorporate these features when delivering care at the healthcare system. Thereby providing the best quality of care that is respectful to the needs of all
After reading Dr. Galanti 's articles about culturally competent healthcare please answer the following questions: What did you gain from reading Dr. Galanti 's article? Dr. Galanti provides insight into the relationship between cultural diversity and heath care providers. Dr. Galanti’s briefly states the difference between “stereotype and generalization”. The author recognizes that generalization may be a key factor used by workers in the health care community to bring awareness and a better understanding of cultural differences among patients. The article explains that although cultures differ in values, traditions, and beliefs, there are questions (the 4’C’s of culture) that may open up the line of communication, between provider and
Cultural Competency means you are "pro-active in promoting cultural diversity and Seek opportunities to improve cultural relationships" (Cultural Competency by Brannon). Cultural competency in the health care sector is vital to giving accurate health care given the vast array of races, cultures and ethnicities we live among. If a healthcare practitioner were culturally inept, they are unable, unwilling or lack the skills to become competent in understanding and embracing cultural differences. As it pertains to healthcare, we can't apply treatment and diagnostics with a broad brush. We have to be able to take deeper look at everyone's culture, background and understand lineage and inherited characteristics.
Background The ability to recognize, understand and treat symptoms related to illnesses, along with crafting the right questions in order to promote optimal care is considered a fine art in the field of healthcare. However, sensitive and time-critical conditions can pose questions that could challenge the status quo in relation to healthcare policy and decision making. Challenging circumstances often call for drastic measures that make difficult to decide right vs wrong. An ethical dilemma defines this decision-making process. Healthcare providers, such as nurses, confront this type of situations often in an array of clinical settings.
Proper deployment of surgery requires both technical skill and a grasp of what is known of ethics; the latter of which extends beyond political boundaries and into the global community as its related policies affect countless individuals. Examples of the global ethical considerations I am interested in include examining the surgical health of people and communities throughout the world with quality and ethical surgical policy and practice, including the universal concepts of surgical ethics. The global attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors associated with surgical procedures ultimately affect the healthcare that people