Cultural Considerations in Latino Patients
Successfully treating the Hispanic dermatologic patient presents a worthwhile challenge for physicians. Sound clinical skills aside, a comprehensive understanding of Hispanic culture and attitude toward ethnicity and race are also fundamental in achieving the desired results. What we are seeing in the USA is a growing kaleidoscope of people that have been labeled Hispanic, yet phenotypically, they can be extremely diverse; in this case, one size does not truly fit all. Dermatologists must be able to understand these differences and respect the patient’s preconceived identity. A critical challenge with treating Hispanic patients is reeducating the patient on dermatologic care given to them previously within the context of their culture. Of paramount concern is the reeducation of issues dealing with sun protection, skin malignancy, and aging. If population trends continue, all parameters show that Hispanic patients will make up a very large percentage of our patients.
KeywordsHealth Belief Hispanic Population Hispanic Patient Cosmetic Procedure Hispanic Culture
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