Giger And Davidhizar Transcultural Assessment Model

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Attitudes and beliefs associated with death, dying and grief vary immensely among cultures. Providing care and loving kindness to a patient while they transition from illness through death is a complex and incredibly important task. An increasingly diverse society means increasingly diverse clientele who need individualized care that is sensitive to unique cultural needs especially when dealing with death and dying. As healthcare providers it is imperative to provide culturally sensitive and appropriate care for patients and their family members. This research paper will provide an in depth analysis of the end of life practices seen within the Muslim faith and culture. Muslim end of life practices will be discussed using the framework of the Giger and Davidhizar Transcultural Assessment Model. Included in this framework will be a discussion of five cultural phenomena including social organization, time, space, environmental control and biological variations. Giger and Davidhizar Transcultural Assessment Model The Giger and Davidhizar Transcultural Assessment Model was developed to provide nursing staff a way to assess a patient’s culture and develop culturally sensitive and appropriate care. The Giger and Davidhizar Transcultural Model (2002) postulates “each individual is culturally unique and should be assessed according to six cultural phenomena” (p. 185). The six cultural phenomena include, communication, space, environmental control, time, social organization and
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