Nontraditional Beliefs And Practices Regarding Health Care Practices

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Nontraditional Health Care Practices Cultural competence requires the health care provider to have awareness and knowledge of the wide variety of belief systems that exist in the United States (U.S) and worldwide. Purnell (2013), asserts that cultural competence may be one the most importance health initiatives with the U.S. as understanding the beliefs and practices regarding health and wellness are equally as important to the knowledge a provider has regarding physiologic and scientific responses. Comprehension of nontraditional practices and beliefs may improve wellness, increase compliance in treatment plans and prevent barriers to adequate care. This paper will explore the nontraditional beliefs and practices among three cultures including, Cuban, Filipino and Haitian, including the impact on wellness and health of the culture. In addition the writer will explore the utilization of nontraditional health care options in the United States including the most common options found in Southwest Ohio. Cuban More than 1.6 million Cuban Americans live within the U.S. making them the third largest Hispanic group in this country (Purnell, 2013). Considered to be a fatalist population, Cubans are accepting of what life deals their way often seeking the advice of elder women in the family to provide health care advice. Alternative medicine may include herbal remedies, prayer, ritual cleansing and sacrificial offerings. Medicinal plants are frequently seen in the forms of
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