Review various definitions of “ethnocentrism” as provided by your textbook and other internet resources. Create your own definition for this term. Give an example of how ethnocentrism has had an affect (positive or negative) on a patient you have come into contact with in the delivery of healthcare services. Describe how ethnocentrism may have impacted the health and well-being of the patient and their future encounters with the healthcare system. Professor and class, Ethnocentrism is viewed by this author as an overall cultural and belief conflict. It is a tendency to hold one’s own way of life superior to others. Believing that people, customs, and traditions of one’s own race or nationality are better than those of other races is an unfortunate perception that occurs often in healthcare. It is formally defined as, “the universal tendency of human beings to think that their ways of thinking, acting, and believing are the only right, proper, and natural ways” (Purnell, 2013, p.7). It is the cause of biases and prejudices that
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