Download PDF by Wen-Shing Tseng: Cultural Competence in Health Care

By Wen-Shing Tseng

ISBN-10: 0387721703

ISBN-13: 9780387721705

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Cultural competence in wellbeing and fitness Care presents a stability among a theoretical starting place and scientific program. as a result of specialize in uncomplicated rules, this ebook could be worthy not just within the usa, yet in the course of the international as Cultural Competence is meaning to fill the cultural competence hole for college students and practitioners of drugs and similar healthiness sciences, by means of delivering wisdom and describing the talents wanted for culturally proper remedy of sufferers of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

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Health Beliefs and Practice Many African-Americans, particularly those of low-income, have been described as holding beliefs about illness that can be separated into two categories (Snow 1983). Natural illness occurs as a result of God’s will, or when a person comes into unhealthy contact with the force of nature, such as exposure to cold or impurities in the air, food, or water. A cure for natural illness includes an antidote or other logical protective actions. Unnatural illness, on the other hand, is considered the result of evil influence that alters God’s intended plan.

This patient may believe that depression is a common problem (therefore there is no point in asking for help); that it is a sign of weakness (and it is better not to complain to others about personal weakness); that it is proper and legitimate to complain of somatic symptoms to physicians and other healthcare providers (who are concerned about the body); and that it is a useful and effective way to get attention from others and family members (rather than complain about sadness). The initial presentation of somatic complaints can be a culturally patterned style of relating to healthcare providers even though the real emotional problems may be described later.

According to the Center for Disease Control, a larger percentage of African-Americans are infected with HIV and are dying from AIDS than ny other ethnic groups in the United States (Glanville 2003, p 46). High-risk behaviors among African-Americans can be inferred from the high incidence of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, violence, unintentional injuries, smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse, sedentary lifestyle, and delayz in seeking healthcare. Health Beliefs and Practice Many African-Americans, particularly those of low-income, have been described as holding beliefs about illness that can be separated into two categories (Snow 1983).

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