Health care and cultural beliefs
One professional article that addresses cultural beliefs and healthcare is “Cultural Competence in Healthcare: Emerging Frameworks and Practical Approaches” by Douglas T. Chang and Melissa A. Nunez-Smith. The article examines cultural competence and presents a framework that can be used to understand and provide culturally-sensitive care. Authors discuss cultural beliefs and their impact on health outcomes. They also suggest ways for healthcare professionals to increase their cultural competence.
Chang and Nunez Smith (2019) define cultural competency as the ability to understand and respect cultural beliefs and value of patients, and incorporate them into health care practices. According to the authors, a framework of culturally competent healthcare includes three main domains, namely cultural knowledge, cultural skills, and cultural awareness. The authors provide a framework for culturally competent care that includes three core domains: cultural awareness, knowledge and skills. Learning about cultural practices and beliefs related to healthcare and health involves gaining knowledge of different cultures. Culture skills are the abilities to communicate effectively and to provide healthcare to patients of different cultural backgrounds.
In the article’s conclusion, the authors emphasize the importance of cultural competency in healthcare. They also urge healthcare providers to strive towards cultural competence. They suggest that organizations in healthcare should offer cultural competence resources and training to staff so that they can provide sensitive cultural care to patients of all backgrounds.
Reference: Chang, D. T., & Nunez-Smith, M. (2019). Cultural competence in health care: New frameworks and approaches. The Commonwealth Fund.