Culture and Clinical Assessment
To perform a competent, relevant, and thorough assessment of a patient, cultural issues must be taken into account. The components of clinical assessment, including observation of the patient, history-taking, physical examination, and laboratory testing, all may be influenced by cultural factors. The cultural issues are most obvious if the patient has a distinctly different background from the healthcare provider. The patient may have very different beliefs and understanding of a particular illness. Symptoms and complaints related to a given condition may be presented very differently, and the patient’s attitude about being examined and tested may vary substantially. If the patient speaks a different language from that of the clinician, an interpreter will be needed for translation. This involves special considerations and skills on the part of both the interpreter and the clinician.
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