Cultural competence is an ideal to be strived for. The cultural aspects of medical practice and healthcare in general are legion, although the significance of cultural factors can vary greatly depending on the particular patient and the type of medical problem. In principle, the more purely biological the problem, the less there is a need to emphasize the cultural dimension—while the more that psychological and behavioral issues intersect with and are part of the medical problems, the greater the importance of cultural issues becomes.


Healthcare Provider Cultural Competence Cultural Belief Cultural Issue Behavioral Issue 
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