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This comprehensive resource is meant to assist health care professionals who are interested in developing their cultural knowledge by asking thoughtful questions. The information provided should not be used in a stereotypical manner. It is intended to provide you with information to help you anticipate your patients’ needs and guide your conversations.

This resource provides accurate, up-to-date information on 47 cultural groups which include the following topics:

  • Communication
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Family patterns, beliefs, religion and spirituality
  • Treatment protocols and ethno –pharmacological issues.

Try incorporating the following guidelines into your conversations with your patients, their families and other members of the health care team.

  • Approach your patients in a warm and caring manner.
  • Ask questions.
  • Investigate your patients eating habits & lifestyle before finalizing a treatment plan.
  • Find out how your patient is most comfortable with medication.
  • Be aware of your personal biases – seek cultural educational opportunities to assist you.
  • Share what you have learned with other health care professionals.

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