These days, hospitals and care homes are characterized by people of very different origins. This is why it is important to know culturally different perceptions of health and illness in order to treat and care for patients and those needing care in a culturally sensitive manner.
Cultural sensitivity in the healthcare sector
Culture-sensitive handling of patients and those needing care from other countries requires cultural knowledge in the health sector. For example, the culturally different ways of expressing pain, different ways of handling pregnancy and birth, culture-specific rituals, social support and involvement of the family, etc.
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