Cultural Factors in Healthcare
Question: Describe an example of how cultural factors influence the health of an aggregate group within the community.
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Andrews, M., Boyle, J., & Collins, J.W. (2020). Transcultural concepts in nursing care (8th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.
Cultural Factors in Healthcare
Cultural factors influence a community’s perception of illness, health, and death. This includes beliefs on the causes of diseases, experience and expression of pain, health promotion approaches, and treatment preferences (Andrews et al., 2020). Understanding cultural factors is critical for the providers and helps them diagnose and develop a caring plan for the aggregate group. Cultural awareness promotes trust, a high acceptance rate to the caring plan, and better healthcare delivery. This paper explores cultural factors that impact the delivery of health for an aggregate group.
Hispanic is an aggregate group within a community that is significantly impacted by cultural factors. Family is an essential cultural element that should be considered throughout the caring plan (Heitkamp & Gunderman, 2021). Their understanding of health and disease is more social or interpersonal and thus, asking about the health of the patient’s family at first is helpful. Another essential cultural element in this group is privacy. Patients try to avoid all forms of breaches in their relationship with the provider. The patient is also reluctant to ask for clarifications on the caring plan or express dissatisfaction with the services offered (McDermott & Selman, 2018). Therefore, the provider needs to clarify to the patients that they may ask questions or express concerns about the caring process.
Kindness, respect, and friendliness are other cultural factors that impact the health of Hispanics. Patients may show sincere concern for the provider’s actions and practices (Heitkamp & Gunderman, 2021). The patient, for instance, may inquire about the health of the providers and their families. In such a case, the provider should respond with respect, strengthening their relationship with the patient. It is also essential for the physician to be mindful of the patients and their families by creating a welcoming environment for family members throughout the caring plan and respecting the elders.
Understanding the cultural factors is critical in enhancing communication and the quality of patient-provider relationships among Hispanics. Providers should ensure that the care meets the unique needs of the patients. For instance, they must include family members in the caring plan, which will increase patient adherence to the treatment. Therefore, providers should familiarize themselves with the cultural concepts in their pursuit to advance the quality of care.
Andrews, M., Boyle, J., & Collins, J. W. (2020). Transcultural concepts in nursing care (8th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.
Heitkamp, N., & Gunderman, R. B. (2021). Cultural competence in pediatric radiology: Hispanic culture. Pediatric Radiology, 51(1), 11-13. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00247-020-04836-5
McDermott, E., & Selman, L. E. (2018). Cultural factors influencing advance care planning in progressive, incurable disease: a systematic review with narrative synthesis. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 56(4), 613-636. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.07.006