BHS 414 / Module 3 Case
March 23, 2011
Professor Dr. Steve Weinstein
I have 12 years of medical experience all of which has been in the Navy so I have a lot of diversity with different cultures from foreign countries as well as the differences here in the United States.
In regards to the Quality and Culture Quiz, I received a score of 14/23. Questions I got right were: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 20, 21, and 23. The questions I got wrong were: 5, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 22. This total is definitely less than what I expected for this quiz.
I have 12 years of medical experience, all of which has been in the Navy so I have a lot if diversity with different cultures (Mexican, Muslin, Japanese, etc.) from foreign countries as well as the differences here in the United States. The questions that I missed were mostly due to not knowing statistics and being fully versed in every culture.
I didn’t know that most Africans are Muslim vice Christian nor did I know that Hispanics have a mortality rate with cancer just as high as any other population. Question 15 was tricky in that I was thinking on the right track in that some people who use traditional medicines generally avoid Western treatment, but the question was worded a little bit differently than my brain was thinking. I was unaware that something as simple as a smile could be construed as a sign of being sad or uncomfortable. Similarly, I thought that a thumbs-up, nodding of the head, and pointing are universal symbols, such as placing the hands over the neck to indicate choking.
We, as medical professionals, have it drilled into our heads from day 1 about patient privacy, HIPPA, and other confidentiality issues. Consequently, I would not have thought to have the family present with some cultures due to the unity and bonding of the family compared to our...