close bond between a doctor and a physician where the patient will feel comfortable telling the doctor about their problems and the current medicines they are taking. Besides building a bond creating a cultural competency is just as important to create a great relationship among the doctor and patient. This will enable the doctors to listen to the patients and be open to their beliefs. This will help to eliminate the disparities in healthcare administered to individuals because of cultural differences due to different customs or beliefs. Dr. Yee is an acculturated Chinese-American who has adopted the medical practices in the Unites States. His patient Mr. Yost is less acculturated to the western practices of Dr. Yee because he is more accustomed to the eastern practices. Even though Mr. Yost is less acculturated to the western medical practices through establishing trust and using cultural competency he can help educate Mr. Yost on the effectiveness of western medicines on his current condition (Office of Minority Health, 2005). References Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, MS; Jordan C. Foster, MD, MS; Lyuba Konopasek, MD (2008). Physician, Know Thyself: The Professional Culture of Medicine as a Framework for Teaching Cultural Competence. Academic Medicine , 83 (1), 1006-111. LaVeist, T. (2005) Minority populations and health: An introduction to health disparities in the United States. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. pp 300-301 Office of Minority Health. “What is Cultural Competency?” OMH . N.p., 19 Oct. 2005. Web. 15 Apr. 2012. <http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=11>.
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