Heritage Assessment Benchmark Tool
Grand Canyon University: NRS 429 V
May 24, 2015
In the ever-changing healthcare system in America, serving a diverse population becomes more challenging. We have people from all around the world who hold different values, cultures and beliefs. Health care providers are expected to be culturally competent in order to provide holistic care to our diverse population. “Cultural competency is not a "condition" that is rapidly achieved; rather, it is an ongoing process of growth and the development of knowledge that takes a considerable amount of time to ingest, digest, assimilate, circulate, and master” (Spector, 2009). It is one of the major components in eliminating health disparities in ethnic groups. Healthcare providers need to be aware of cultural sensitivity, leaving personal beliefs and values behind, and treating everyone with respect (Edelman, Mandle, & Kudzma, 2014). Having the knowledge of our client’s culture, race, background, beliefs and health care practices are vital in providing quality patient care and promoting healing.
The Heritage Assessment Tool is shown to be useful in developing strategies for heal protection, maintenance, and restoration. It is a set of questions comprised to identify a person’s own ethnic, cultural and religious heritage. It can help us to recognize a particular tradition of the person or family, and is most useful in identifying a person’s health traditions. The greater the amount of positive responses, the more it may indicate that the family being interviewed carries a traditional heritage (Spector, 2000). The Health Assessment Tool was utilized to identify and evaluate the health traditions practiced by three families of differ...
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...lth care practices that in turn can provide a better understanding of the patient’s condition and course of treatment that is best suited for them.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Building our understanding: Culture insights communicating with Hispanic/Latinos. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/programs/healthycommunitiesprogram/
Dimensions of Culture. (2010). Cultural group guides. Retrieved from http://www.dimensionsofculture.com/culture-fact-sheets/
Edelman, C. L., Mandle, C. L., & Kudzma, E. C. (2014). Health promotion throughout the lifespan (8th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
Spector, R. E. (2000). Culture care: Guide to heritage assessment and health traditions(5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Spector, R. E. (2009). Cultural diversity in health & illness. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
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