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Culture & Communication in Healthcare - Chapter Summary
This chapter takes a look at the connections between culture and communication in healthcare settings. Take a look at the chapter's lessons to study the foundations of cultural encapsulation, ethnomedicine, multicultural treatment and the influence of culture on medicine use. The chapter can be accessed on any desktop, laptop or mobile device, and it also includes self-assessments to help you further your understanding of the information. If you need any extra help with the material, use the Ask the Expert feature to submit questions to our instructors. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Discuss the ways in which drug and medicine use is influenced by culture and religion
- Define the concept of cultural encapsulation
- Explain the multicultural theory of abnormal functioning
- Recognize examples of ethnomedicine
- Identify the causes of health disparities in the U.S.
- Describe concepts related to interprofessional collaboration and communication in healthcare
1. How Culture & Religion Influence Drug & Medicine Use
A person's cultural and religious background can greatly influence how they perceive and use drugs, be they legal or illegal. Such factors can both predispose a person to using drugs, or not.
2. Cultural Encapsulation: Definition & Example
Even counselors and therapists who are seen as some of the most understanding people are sometimes biased to their own culture's norms, beliefs and attitudes. In this lesson, you will learn the definition of cultural encapsulation, it's focus in the counseling world, and an example to illustrate this concept.
3. Multicultural Theory and Treatment of Abnormal Functioning
How does culture affect mental health? What types of psychological disorders are seen around the world? What types are seen in just a few places? And, how can psychologists approach patients from many different cultures? In this lesson, we'll look at the multicultural theory of abnormal psychology.
4. Ethnomedicine: Definition & Examples
This lesson is going to define for you a concept known as ethnomedicine. You'll then be presented with a list of numerous examples of ethnomedicine and ethnomedical techniques.
5. US Health Disparities: Definition, Causes, & Examples
This lesson examines health disparities in the United States. Health disparities are differences in overall health due to factors such as socioeconomic status and environment. We'll discuss some of the major causes of health disparities and also look at a few specific examples.
6. Interprofessional Communication & Collaboration in Healthcare
When healthcare teams work together, everyone benefits. In this lesson, you'll find out how to use effective communication to manage conflicts and support patient care within the interprofessional team.
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Other chapters within the Communications 301: Diversity and Intercultural Communication course
- Communication as a Process
- Understanding Culture
- The Influence of Culture on Communication
- Cultural Differences in Nonverbal Communication
- The Impact of Cultural Conflict on Communications
- Ethnocentricity, Prejudice & Stereotypes
- Sexism, Gender Roles & Communication
- Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
- Culture & Communication at School
- Developing Competence in Intercultural Communication
- Required Assignments for Communications 301