Cultural Sensitivity: A Heath Approach By Manvir, Navkiran, Ava, Amanda, Emmanuel, and Connor
I hope Dr. Smith understands that healing practices in my culture are different .
Hello, Mrs. Rai. How are you feeling today?
The symptoms you described may be a result of fluctuating blood sugar levels. I'll prescribe some medications to manage those symptoms.
Ever since I found out that I'm diabetic, I've been experiencing mood swings and I'm always feeling exhausted.
That's excellent! In addition to maintaining your spiritual health, you're also spending time with your family.
Over the course of your treatment, is there anything you have been doing to relieve stress other than taking medications? Remember that we are working together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan so your input is valuable.
In my culture, religion is important, which is why my family and I go to the temple. Going to the temple with my family calms me and relieves my stress.
Ever since she has been diagnosed with diabetes, Mrs. Rai has been constantly stressed. As a South Asian woman, she belongs to a collectivist culture, which is why she values her social connections and worries that her medical condition may negatively impact her family. She has decided to try seeking help from a healthcare professional.
How would you feel seeing a psychologist to discuss your problems and emotions?
I don't know. I don't tell my family and friends everything, because I don't want to be an inconvenience for them. However, I know that in my culture when an individual is sick it is believed that the family has a duty to be part of the healing process. I don't know how to include my family in this process without burdening them.
Dr. Smith is an endocrinologist. He is currently designing a treatment plan for managing Mrs. Rai's symptoms. Although Dr. Smith has grown up in a western society that is individualistic in nature, he is respectful of his patients' specific needs and works towards developing a better understanding of their cultural practices and beliefs about health and illness.
I understand your concerns, but I'm sure knowing that you're receiving care for your health will bring solace to your family instead of stress them. If you're nervous, you could bring a family member with you to early therapy sessions. By doing so, you and your family will develop a better understanding of therapy and its effectiveness.
That's a great idea! In fact, if my family attends a few therapy sessions with me, they'll be satisfied knowing that I'm receiving support and treatment for my health issues. After what you've said, I'm open to seeing a psychologist.
By reminding Mrs. Rai that her input is valuable in determining a comprehensive treatment plan, Dr. Smith has encouraged her to be actively involved in her treatment. Additionally, Mrs. Rai will feel more comfortable talking to Dr. Smith, because he has respected her cultural and religious practices for improving health.
Public Health Clinic
Wow! This visit was much better than I had anticipated. I appreciate the fact that Dr. Smith valued my opinions for devising a treatment plan and I'm glad he understood that family is a major component of shaping an individual's health in my culture.
Thank you, Dr. Smith!
Dr. Smith suggests that Mrs. Rai attend therapy, but does not pressurize her into agreeing. Instead, he asks her an open-ended question to enhance her feeling of independence. In doing so, Mrs. Rai is able to voice her concerns without fear of being judged or misunderstood. Since Mrs. Rai is a collectivist, her main concern is that her health issues will disturb her family.
In response to Mrs. Rai's concerns, Dr. Smith reassures her that he understands her perspective. Due to this sense of understanding, Dr. Smith is able to integrate Mrs. Rai's collectivist beliefs into recommending a suitable and practical solution.
Mrs. Rai now trusts healthcare providers more than before due to Dr. Smith's sensitivity and empathy towards her. Although she is using western medicine, her treatment includes her collectivist beliefs, making the treatment process relevant and meaningful to her.
Your welcome! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or issues that you'd like to address.