Cultural Diversity in the Healthcare Field Essay

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Cultural Diversity in the Healthcare field

The Many Faces of Healthcare Cultural Diversity in the Healthcare Field
Carl Hooks
Rasmussen College

Author Note
This research is being submitted on September 16, 2010, for Vicky Philips English class at Rasmussen College by Carl Hooks

Cultural diversity in the medical field is, at times, greatly hindered because of religious beliefs, language barriers, and the hierarchies of diverse cultures and these have the propensity to affect the continuity of care for the patients. “Every person has different aspects that constitute their identities, according to how they see themselves….This means that seeing an individual in terms of
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(Abdoul and Abdoul, 2010). By defining who the head of the household is and giving them the respect they deserve will be paramount in a speedy recovery for the patient.

As the head of the household is identified, it is very important that they are included in all of the decisions made on behalf of the patient. If and when the controlling person is not readily available, all efforts should be exercised to contact that person. In rare life threatening conditions should medical personnel proceed without that persons consent, the head of the household should be given adequate time to discuss procedures with the patient should they require this. His/her decision should be respected when they decide what is appropriate for their family member. Given the most pertinent information and options, the family can then make an informed decision and the respect of the hierarchy of the family has not been compromised.

All diversities should be taken into consideration when caring for a patient. By understanding what importance the patient puts on their culture, the medical staff can better serve the patient. “Hospitals can be a source of stress and frustration for patients and their families, since they are most vulnerable when they are there and are placed at the mercy of values and beliefs not of their own.” (Galanti, 2001). Making a patient aware that medical staff understands and will do

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