Essay about Cultural And Religious Barriers Of Afro Caribbean

852 Words Nov 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Cultural and religious barriers were the main reasons that afro Caribbean immigrants’ delayed access to care, which led to late diagnosis for illnesses such as cancer and HIV. Studies included in this review almost unanimously agree that future health studies and in-practice efforts aimed at improving healthcare access for afro Caribbean immigrants must be culturally competent. That is, they must be designed to meet ‘‘a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations’’. Competency regarding the core healing beliefs of the Caribbean is particularly important, and is a central component to addressing healthcare barriers. Moreover, cultural competency is critical, as it is likely that many members of these groups hold traditional beliefs regarding medicine that delay their efforts to access Western health care. For example, research indicates that afro Caribbean may use herbs and other traditional medication and religious practices before consulting with physicians.
As some such beliefs are cultural in nature, a high level of competency is required to address the health issues of these groups from a Western perspective. Community health workers and medical staff should not attempt to minimize beliefs in traditional medicine, instead they should work with the Caribbean communities to provide culturally competent community-based care. Such solutions include…

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