The Connection Of Healthcare and Cultural Diversity

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Even before health workers gets subjected to dealing with a number of large and different cultural diversities. As cultures within the U.S. continue to grow the knowledge of how to deal with them must also grow. If cultural differences not settled, it can cause awkward and confusing situations for both the healthcare provider and patient. Patients are at the losing end since the patient did not trust his doctor once that happen the patient might not follow a treatment plan recommended by the doctor.

Culturally competent healthcare deemed a human right, and rising of culturally unsuitable lawsuits filed in court gets won. Some cultures, such as Ethiopian, Islam and Chinese have highly distinctive laws, views and beliefs regarding healthcare. Because there are so many differences there, are many legal consequences that could arise from cultural unawareness in healthcare.


Ethiopian conventional belief is that health results from symmetry between the body and the outside world and, which illness arises from disequilibrium. Ethiopian culture also uses herbs and spices for medicinal purposes as it can have adverse relations with western medicine. For instance, large amounts of garlic and ginger used for the common cold that can act as an anti-coagulant when given in high doses. Cinnamon can be used for the common cold since it increases stomach acid and may inhibit tetracycline. Basil used for headaches and insect repellent since it acts as an anti-coagulant and has hypoglycemic agents due to the oil extract that increases blood clotting time and synergistic connections with insulin. Most studies show people of various cultures not telling physician the customary medicine use because they fear that they are going to be judged. One legal inference, which can arise while treating an Ethiopian, may be a physician treating for a bacterial infection with tetracycline without knowing that he or she is taking large amounts of cinnamon for a suspected nearing cold. If the cinnamon, interacts with the tetracycline the bacterial infection can spread, which causes further harm even potentially serious harm that results in a legal dispute.

Islam’s cultures believe that an illness is a form of punishment from their god. They prohibit abortion and assisted suicide. Eating pork and drinking alcohol forbidden, and Muslim women must not be touched by someone by some men, who does not belong to the immediate family members. Muslims likes to fast from dusk to dawn for one month a year. Some legal issues, which can arise, may be a consequence of a physician that prescribes insulin or heparin, containing pork ingredients to a practicing Muslim, or a cough syrup that contains alcohol.

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