The Spirit Catches You Case Analysis

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Opening Statement Summary and Main Points: (Brooke Edwards)
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - Lia, a young Hmong girl suffered and grew sicker from epilepsy. Her parents saw this disease not as epilepsy but as a spirit leaving her body. Because of the conflicts in cultures between Lia’s Parents and the doctors, Lia was not properly treated and medicated. If she had been it is possible that she wouldn’t have gotten worse.
General Info. - Lack of Cultural Competency can lead to: language barriers, dissatisfaction in patient treatment, preventing the patient to return for further health health care, prevent use of a regular doctor.

The United States is known for its collection of cultures, yet many medical treatments and procedures
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Betancourt and colleagues from a literature review conducted in 2003, they found that the demographics of the United States are going to change over the next decade. This will force policymakers to address health disparities. Previously, health care has been honed to fit the needs of the privileged. Consequently, the lack of cultural competence and knowledge of multicultural health may have influenced the racial and ethnic inequalities. What is a better approach for policymakers to reform health care since you say cultural competency and multicultural health are not the answer?

Overall, the United States is becoming increasingly culturally diverse and will continue in this direction in the future. People of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage suffer disproportionately from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and every form of cancer (Sutton, 2000). In order to best serve and meet the needs of all backgrounds, it is crucial that healthcare practitioners be educated in culture diversity. The goal of cultural competence is to create a healthcare system and workforce that are capable of delivering the highest-quality care to every patient, regardless of race, ethnicity, or culture (Betancourt, 2005). Healthcare delivery is a comprehensive service that does not fall under a one-size-fits all type model. Every patient and situation is unique, and an important part of understanding and helping a patient includes understanding their background, which includes their culture and ethnicity. The Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University suggests that a culturally competent healthcare system can help improve health outcomes and quality of care, and can ultimately contribute to the elimination of racial and ethnic health

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