Influence Of Culture In Health Care Systems

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The topic I decided to look further into is how culture plays in a health care system and how they interact with each other. The reason I chose to look more into this is because I have always had the thought of how do other people like me communicate and interact with health care organizations. Other people, meaning different ages, genders, ethnicities, and other forms of culture. “Culture can be defined as the beliefs, assumptions, attitudes, and values a group of individuals share about the world based upon common experience” (Wright, Sparks, O’Hair p. 165). The best way for me to understand how much health care organizations are influenced by culture is the way our textbook describes it and that is “communication scholars who take a cultural…show more content…
That is why I believe we should all practice cultural sensitivity as the one article provided says. “One useful way to think about practicing cultural sensitivity in the borderlands of our multicultural communities is to consider the dialectics of these intercultural interactions” (Martin & Nakayama, 1999). “A dialectic perspective is crucial for understanding community in that everyone who joins a group wishes to be both a part of the group and apart from it” (Adelman & Frey, 1997). This Communicating Health article is very helpful when understanding how much culture influences our health systems and how much communication is important within all this. In my first article that found offers an understanding of how increasing diversity in health care is about the future which is now. This article is called Improving Quality, Achieving Equity, and Increasing Diversity in Healthcare: The Future is Now by Joseph R. Betancourt, Sarah Beiter, and Alden Landry. I found a statement in this article that mentions how stereotyping influences a lot of decisions and outcomes. “Many nonmedical factors, ranging from the patient’s physical appearance to the organizational setting in which medical care is delivered, may have as much influence on clinical decisions as the actual signs and symptoms of disease” (Hooper, Comstock, Goodwin, & Goodwin, 1982;…show more content…
What this journal article talks about is different models of communication and how the role of “noise” comes into play because of different cultures. Within this article there is a model that describes the sources of noise in patient communication pathway. Through the providers mind to the patients mind, there are nonverbal actions and words heard that affect the message like assumptions, stereotypes, language, anxiety and other interruptions that affect the outcome of the message being
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