A Culturally Competent Health Care System

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Cultural competency is a set of appropriate behaviours, attitudes and policies among professionals and enables them to work efficiently in cross-cultural situations (NCCC, 2006). A culturally competent health care system can eliminate cultural inequities, provide greater quality of care, and have less patient dissatisfaction and more positive health consequences. A conclusion reached in a study (Palafox et al., 2002) states, culture influences the outcome of medical examination and; therefore, it is vital to provide culturally competent health care services. Cultural competency is especially important in the context of radiographic examination due to the variety of culturally different patients a radiographer comes in contact. The following case study effectively highlights the impact of cultural competency. Mrs. X is 55 years old, female Muslim patient with limited English, she came to the radiography department with her husband (Mr. X) to have a full spine x-ray due to chronic pain in the spine that showed no improvement. Many physical contacts and communication were involved, and Mrs. X needed to disrobe. Islamic culture places a high level of sensitivity towards these aspects of examination and thus, cultural appropriate practices and behaviours must be properly applied. Due to the prohibitions on health care practices introduced by her Islamic religion, many strategies were taken to deliver cultural appropriate environment and communication. Through the investigation
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