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Cultural Differences

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African Americans Extended family and church play important roles; May have a key family member to consult on healthcare decisions; Older members may look at their health as being up to God's will, although younger ones seek health screening and treatments as needed
Cambodians Good health=balance; Balance of hot and cold; Illness may be seen as punishment for sins in a past life; Use traditional healing practices before conventional medicine. May use herbs, cupping/coining, acupuncture, etc.; No interest in preventative care
Chinese May use acupuncture, massage, and herbs, seeking care from traditional practitioners for less severe illnesses; Respect elders, teachers, and healthcare professionals.
Hispanics/Latinos Strong family&religious beliefs. View illness as God's will.; Use home remedies/folk healer's; Cold diseases=unseen symptoms, eg. cold, earache. Hot diseases=visible symptoms, eg. vomiting, fever, ,sore throat; Males dominant in decision making
Hmong No words in language for med terms/some organs; Folk medicine doctors; Herbs, massage, coining or spooning, cupping used. Accessories for religious reasons, Respect elders; Oldest male is decision maker; eye contact rude; don't touch childs head =sacred
Hmong
Native Americans Value in family and spiritual beliefs; harmony with nature; illness due to imbalance; may use tribal medicine; often avoid direct eye contact due to respect or concern for the loss of one's soul
Russians May view healthcare with mistrust, may not ask questions, practice of home remedies and 'bonki', family likes to receive news about patient and my withhold bad news.
Somali Prayer and good life to prevent illness; spiritual healers, may not take medication; father gives consent - family makes decisions; male and female circumcisions
Vietnamese Illness explained by mystical beliefs; Health=balance of hot and cold poles; alternative therapies (acupuncture, coining, spooning, cupping)
Created by: cskinner