Category Archives: Cultural Beliefs

Latino Health Beliefs Continued

This week I would like to continue the discussion on health beliefs by introducing a few general views regarding illness.  In my opinion, it is important to have an understanding of the  overarching concepts behind each individual belief since the … Continue reading

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Latino Health Beliefs: Influencing Factors

One thing that professionals may find surprising as they work with the Spanish-speaking Latino population is the prevalence of health-related beliefs.  By health-related beliefs, I am referring to beliefs regarding the origin of an illness or symptoms as well as … Continue reading

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Teaching culture: Pregnancy and childbirth beliefs

Going back to a previous topic of discussion in this blog –teaching the intersection of Latino culture and medicine to healthcare professionals–, in this post I would like to present one that is often forgotten: pregnancy and childbirth beliefs. This … Continue reading

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Instructors need cultural awareness too

Lately in this blog, I have been discussing cultural values of Latino patients and the importance of cultural self-awareness on the part of the doctor. However, cultural beliefs and biases do not affect only the doctors and patients, but also … Continue reading

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Cultural Self-Awareness, Part 2

In the last post, I discussed cultural awareness on behalf of the medical professional as a necessary step to better understanding the Latino culture and the impact it can have on in-clinic communication and health beliefs. I also proposed that … Continue reading

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Cultural Awareness

Recently, I have been discussing various Latino cultural values as they relate to the healthcare setting. However, I feel that before introducing more Latino cultural values it is important to take a moment to consider the other side: the impact … Continue reading

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Teaching culture: The negative side to Familismo

Last week, I described the cultural value of familismo and explained some of the positive benefits it can have in the field of health and wellness. Unfortunately, familismo does not always lead to some positive effects on health and care, … Continue reading

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