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Maintenance of Social Hierarchie
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Introduction Culture refers to an integrated human behaviour that is learned; transmitted and shared among persons of a specific ethnicity, group, organization, agency or region (Lundy and Janes, 2009). Culture is exhibited through shared attitudes, symbols, beliefs (traditions), rituals, taboos, goals, values, and norms, which are adopted and practiced by specific group of individuals.
Therefore, every health care provider should be knowledgeable, aware, and skilful on different cultural issues. Furthermore, they should be able to demonstrate openness, acceptability, and flexibility towards people living in different cultures. Lack of cultural competency in provision of health care services can result to fatal outcomes caused by cultural misinterpretations. Cultural incompetency can also lead to poor self-esteem on both caregivers and health care consumers. Health care providers may have pre-conceptions concerning culture, health habits and lifestyles of different people. Though this may be true, it is important for health care providers to broaden their perspective to accommodate all cultures. Literature review on an area with identified health disparities African Americans often called black Americans are amongst the most culturally diverse minority groups in the United States of America. Descendants of Black people in the United States emigrated from different parts of Africa during and after slavery period. There are about 38.9 million black Americans in the United States today. The black minority have a dark history of discrimination deeply entrenched in their minds. ...
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