Cultural Beliefs and Values

Ch. 8.

  1. Cultural Beliefs and Values
    1. List two beliefs you learned as a child.
    2. Who did you learn them from?
    3. Are they still important to you today?
    4. Have you experienced conflict when your values/beliefs did not match those of another?
    5. Where do you find common ground with patients and colleagues?
  2. Cultural Awareness
    1. What ethnic group, religious group, or generational group do you belong to?
    2. Reflect on some encounter you have had with those who are members of a different group.
    3. Did you experience any biases or prejudices?
    4. How did it feel?
  3. You are admitting an elderly, limited English-speaking woman to your Medical Unit. She is alone. She has few teeth, wears mismatched clothes and smells badly.
    1. What are your immediate thoughts?
    2. Name one or more biases that spontaneously come to mind.
    3. Understanding the concept of cultural humility, how would you approach her?
  4. Cultural competence
    1. What is motivating me to become culturally competent?
    2. What do I want/need to know about other cultures… and where do I find this information?
    3. When I experience cultural encounters, how does it feel and what do I learn?
    4. Whom do I consider a “cultural resource person” in my life?
  5. Communication
    1. Do I speak loudly or softly?
    2. Do I speak quickly or slowly?
    3. Does the tone of my voice match my words, my message?
    4. Does my body language match my words, my message?
    5. Do I use facial expressions and gestures to convey my message?
    6. Is eye contact important to my conversation or do I consider it intrusive?
    7. Is touch an acceptable element of my conversation?
    8. Silence, Am I comfortable with long periods of silence? Do I use it when I do not want to create conflict or I do not agree with another? Is it part of my style?
  6. My use of time, what 2 reflect our view?
    1. Respect and honor ancestors
    2. To be early is to be on time
    3. I am resistant to change
    4. The here and now is most important
    5. Planning for the future is hopeless
    6. My vacation is planned for next year
  7. Time
    1. How are you different from your patient population?
    2. Where do you find common ground?
  8. Spatial Orientation
    1. When you are talking with friends or family, how much distance is between you?
    2. Does gender or age determine space?
    3. What do you do when someone “invades” your personal space?
    4. How are you different from patients and colleagues?
    5. Where do you find common ground with patients and collea
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