The Importance Of Cultural And Cultural Sensitivity In Professional Communication

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cultural sensitivity in professional communication
Since the attacks in Network and Washington, in September 2001,increased racial and religious animosity has left `Arabs, Muslims and middle Easterners fearful. Muslim women are at increased risk for discrimination (Pew Research Center,2011).A pew poll found 28% experienced discrimination while seeking health care.(Martin,2013).In particular,44% of the women in the study reported perceiving discrimination against them because of their dress. A majority of the Muslim American say it has become more difficult to be a Muslim in the United Sate since sep.11; Given this high risk nurses must work to counter such discrimination. A provider’ unconscious bias about a particular race or culture or his or her lack of effective cross-cultural communication skills ,may contribute to discordant medical care and health disparities..(Susan and Annie,2012,p.556).People having different cultural values should be respected and healthcare offered should be inclusive of patient’s cultural values whenever possible. Communication often presents the most significant problem in
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Muslim women understand their modesty as religious devotion. A nurse disrespects a Muslim woman’s religious devotion when failing to maintain her modesty. Exposing a Muslim woman’s body during healthcare procedures can leave her feeling shamed, embarrassed, angry, and disrespected (Zeilani & Seymour, 2012). Indeed, fear of failing to keep the commitment to modesty sometimes prevents Muslim women from seeking health care and may increase their risk for some diseases. Therefore, try to allow the patient to her own dress whenever possible. Even if a hospital gown is required, nurse should allow her to wear her head scarf(hijab) and provide privacy and extra care when needing to expose the body for any assessment or

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