Cultural Views on Health

Cultural Views on Health - Cultural Views 1 Cultural...

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Cultural Views 1 Cultural patterns are learned and it is important for healthcare providers to note that members of a particular group may not share identical cultural experiences. Health tradition is predicated on the concept of holistic health and describes what people do from a traditional perspective to maintain, protect, and restore health. Imagine health as a complex, interrelated, threefold phenomenon, that is the balance of all aspects of the person; the body, the mind, and the spirit. These aspects are in constant flux and change over time, yet each is completely related to the others also related to the context of the person; their culture. One of the most common definition of the term is the combination of the nonphysical traits, such as values, beliefs, attitudes, and customs that are shared by a group of people and passed from one generation to the next (Spector, 2000). In a more real sense, the diversity that occurs between cultural groups creates a difference on how health is perceived; how healthcare information is received; how rights and protections are exercised; what is considered to be a health problem, and how symptoms and concerns about the health problem are expressed.
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Cultural Views 2 One component that affects healthcare is religion. Although the word has many definitions, religion may be considered a system of beliefs, practices, and ethical values about divine or superhuman power or powers worshipped as the creator(s) and ruler(s) of the universe. The practice of religion is revealed in numerous cults, sects, denominations, and churches. Remarkably, religion gives a person a frame of references and a perspective with which to
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