Multicultural Communication

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Explain multicultural communication and its origins.
As travel and communication have become faster and easier, interaction between people of different cultures has become more and more common. It was once the case that different cultures remained mostly separate from each other, whether due to war, geographic reasons, or beliefs in keeping ethnic purity. Trade and immigration have brought together people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, making communication between people of different cultures unavoidable.
Compare and contrast culture, ethnicity, and acculturation.
The society a person grows up in has certain norms, traditions, beliefs, language and dialects, values and acceptable behaviors, religious influences, modes of dress,
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Let them know that their needs and beliefs are important and will be respected and addressed.
Discuss family culture and its effect on patient education.
The role and definition of family can vary from one culture to another. Generally speaking, the culture in the United States places a lot of emphasis on individuality and personal freedom. In many cultures, the family unit has a very strict and defined hierarchy. Often the Father is seen as the head of the household and is responsible for much of the decision making. This can include decisions concerning the health care of a family member. It could also result in reluctance for the head of the family to place himself in a position of relying on others for care, a perceived position of weakness. In many cultures, the family goes beyond the nuclear family, and extends to the community, friends and neighbors. These are strongly held beliefs, and we must refrain from judging them as right or wrong based on our own culture. Rather, weneed to find ways to work within the framework of the family structure of the patient. ( Falvo, pp.186-187)
List some approaches the health care professional can use to address religious and cultural diversity.
We must approach the patient and their family with an attitude of caring, empathy, and respect. We can explain that we would be happy to learn of the patients’ needs and concerns, and of any accommodations we can make so they will feel comfortable

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