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Cultural Awareness and Cultural Influences on Health

by Diana Shenefield, PhD
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    The lecture Cultural Awareness and Cultural Influences on Health by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Psychosocial Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Cultural Awareness
    • Cultural Diversity
    • Essential Guidelines
    • Family Roles
    • Pregnancy and Childbearing Practices
    • Health-Care Practices

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Asking questions that require the patient to give a simple “yes” or “no” answer, such as “Do you have trouble breathing?” or “Does your knee hurt?”
    2. Encouraging the patient to give a description of her/his medical situation, and beliefs about health and illness.
    3. Asking the patient whether he or she would like to have a qualified interpreter for the medical visit.
    4. Asking the patient questions such as “How has your condition changed over the past two days?” or “What makes your condition get better or worse?”
    1. Making eye contact with the interpreter when you are speaking, then looking at the patient while the interpreter is telling the patient what you said.
    2. Speaking slowly, pausing between words.
    3. Asking the interpreter to further explain the patient’s statement in order to get a more complete picture of the patient’s condition.
    4. None of the above.
    1. Most African people are either Christian or follow a traditional religion.
    2. Friendly (non-sexual) physical contact is an important part of communication for many Latin American people.
    3. Many Asian people think it is disrespectful to ask questions of a health provider.
    4. Eastern Europeans are highly diverse in terms of customs, language and religion.

    Author of lecture Cultural Awareness and Cultural Influences on Health

     Diana Shenefield, PhD

    Diana Shenefield, PhD


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