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NURS 6512: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Cultural Competence in Health Care In today's modern society, healthcare providers encounter patients with a variety of cultural backgrounds on a regular basis. Therefore, cultural competence is a critical component of providing quality, culturally sensitive healthcare (Repo, Vahlberg, Salminen, Papadopoulos, & Leino-Kilpi, 2016). Cultural competence is not something that health care providers can attain overnight, it is a learning process that requires an individual to be aware of the beliefs, practices, and cultural norms of the patients for whom care is given (Ball, Dains, Flynn, Solomon, & Stewart, 2019). Key factors that must be considered when caring for patients with a different ethnicity or cultural practice than ones self include socioeconomic factors, spirituality, and lifestyle; it is essential for health care providers to be mindful of the way these factors influence an individual’s behavior, dietary practices, and overall lifestyle. Case #3 The case scenario selected for this week’s discussion is case 3. In this scenario, a 23-year old Native American male who presents to the clinic seeking treatment for anxiety. The patient reports that he has been smoking marijuana “pot” and drinking alcohol to help relieve his symptoms. The patient expresses concern about his spirituality and the fear of not getting into Heaven if his current lifestyle practices are continued. The patient states that he is taking no prescription drugs and denies the use of any other recreational drugs. The patient reports a positive family history of diabetes, hypertension, and alcoholism. Socioeconomic Factors in Native Americans
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American Indian (AI) populations are recognized as all people who originate from and preserve tribal ties with the original inhabitants of Indian tribes from in North, South, or Central America; individuals classified as an AI are affected by similar health disparities as other populations in the United States (U.S.) (Hutchinson & Shin, 2014). However, the life expectancy for AI’s is approximately five years less than that of the general U.S. population, and
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