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6 Culturally Sensitive Ways to Approach Mental Health

By Megan Bedford on 6/13/19 11:49 AM

How culture affects mental health

Culture impacts every mental health patient—and every mental health practitioner. Culture is a key factor that we all bring to every interaction, and it can be especially influential in times of emotional distress. Culture, including beliefs, values, norms, and behaviors, affects how we experience and interpret the world, including the meaning we impart to mental illness. In a clinical setting, cultural meanings of mental illness can account for whether and how a patient:

Topics: mental health cultural competency patient experience
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Cultural Awareness in Healthcare: A Checklist

By Alexander Green, MD, MPH on 2/14/19 11:33 AM


Managing cultural differences in healthcare

Culture is a complex concept. It includes people’s beliefs, values, behaviors, and ways of understanding their world. In medicine, managing cultural differences—including customs—is essential to providing high-quality health care. One challenge is that patients may not realize they have customs that could jeopardize their wellness. Culture is largely invisible to people who share it. But to outsiders, the customs and ways of life of different cultures are often obvious—and sometimes strange. Here's an example from my own experience:

Topics: Cross-cultural issues person-centered cultural competency patient experience

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