Jamaican-American Culture and Health Care
An examination of cultural aspects that need to be taken into consideration when providing health care for Jamaican-Americans.
# 52737 | 1,258 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Sep 13, 2004 in Medical and Health (General) , Anthropology (Scientific / Medical) , Ethnic Studies (General)
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This paper explains that there are several issues that need to be taken into account when providing health care for different cultural groups. Issues such as different beliefs, social structure, and attitude towards death and dying are important components in providing health care. These concepts are discussed in relation to the Jamaican-American population.
From the Paper:"Cultural differences among patient populations can present significant challenges to the medical profession. Differences in beliefs concerning general health issues, disease, pain, communication and presentation, as well as differences in lifestyle diet, family structure, relationship to health-care, and social structure of the culture in question can not only cause miscommunication between healthcare workers, but can more importantly result in insufficient levels of care. Although the cultural component can affect all levels of interaction between patient and healthcare providers, it is often the nursing professionals that have the greatest exposure to these challenges. Further, because the nurse is often the best link between the patient and access to appropriate care, it is crucial for him or her to be aware of any cultural factors that might impact the level and appropriateness of care for a particular patient."
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