Culture vs Medicine

These Ethiopian immigrant patients value their communities' traditional and herbal medicine practices over Westernized medical attention in hospitals. (Photo by ethnoMED)
These Ethiopian immigrant patients value their communities’ traditional and herbal medicine practices over Westernized medical attention in hospitals. (Photo by ethnoMED)

All cultures respond to illnesses and accept treatments differently. Cultural values are now involved in a battle between Western societies’ advancing technological innovations and different medical treatments and actions.

According to Dr. Gregory Juckett’s Cross-Culture Medicine, “Cultural competency is an essential skill for family physicians because of increasing ethnic diversity among patient populations. Culture, the shared beliefs and attitudes of a group, shapes ideas of what constitutes illness and acceptable treatment.”

Many ethnic and cultural groups have a different perspective of the health care system than most Americans. Health care professionals believe their patients will easily adapt to their mainstream values of addressing illness and diseases. Continue reading “Culture vs Medicine”