Cultural Assessment Essay

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Providing appropriate care planning for diverse cultures is important. In this discussion board I will define cultural diverse assessments. Then I will discuss important components of a comprehensive assessment followed by giving five communication skills that aide in culturally competent health care. Cultural diverse assessment encompasses assessing not only the individual, but also the family, and the community in regards to their health care. The health care assessment includes their culture practices, values and beliefs. The next part of the assessment is to develop a plan of care that is in cultural alignment with their beliefs and values (Andrews & Boyle, 2012). There are important components to include in a cultural assessment. These…show more content…
The religious practices and beliefs can help in planning care. Rituals and beliefs concerning life and death need to be included in planning care. Religious practices are generally rooted in culture, and these practices define what health is and dictate the behaviors on whether an illness is treated or prevented from being treated (Giger, 2013). Religious beliefs can decide whether certain treatments can be done. For instance, people who belong to Jehova’s Witness will not receive blood products. The last component I am going to address is health beliefs and practices within a culture. It is important to know what the culture’s definition of health and illness is. Knowing if the culture believes in using folk health care and or traditional health care is important (Douglas et al., 2014). In some cultures people tend to ignore their health problems. Different cultures place varying values on health and illness and have varying beliefs in what healthcare is to them. It is important as healthcare providers to be respectful of the different beliefs and practices each culture…show more content…
For instance, if your patient is talking to you and you are simultaneously charting you are not providing your patient with respect and are not engaged in the conversation. Management of self-emotions can be controlled by obtaining a better understanding of other cultures and beliefs. The more educated you are on another culture the better you will understand your patients thus resulting in the ability to manage your emotions (Giger, 2013). Lastly, paraphrasing is useful in effective communicating by recapping what was said so both parties are in agreement (Wulandari, 2014). Any clarifications can be made at this time if either party has questions. In conclusion, cultural diverse assessment is inclusive of the individual, family, and community. Key components of a comprehensive cultural assessment are: family systems, social life, political systems, language traditions, worldview and cultural norms, and health beliefs and practices. Five communications skills that facilitate culturally competent healthcare are verbal, non-verbal, engaged listening, management of self-emotions and
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