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health and illness in diverse cultures 4


  • Spector, R. E. (2002). Cultural diversity in health and illness. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 13(3), 197-199.
    Click here to download the article.

Although published in 2002, the content of this article has been thoroughly reviewed and it remains current.


  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Think Cultural Health: Video Units

    Click here to access the videos.

  • United States Census Bureau: QuickFacts, United States: People
    Click here to access the website.

Guiding Questions:

Use the question below to help focus your attention on your reading assignments.

  • How can an individual’s cultural behaviors and cultural phenomena affect your assessment of their health?
  • What are some steps you can take with your patient to respect their cultural beliefs? How can these differ between cultures?
  • How can you include the “ASKED” mnemonic in your everyday practice? Is this helpful way to actively enhance your personal cultural competency?
  • How can cultural competence have an effect on the clinical outcomes of patients?
  • How can certain drugs and treatments affect some cultural groups differently than others?
  • What qualities must culturally competent organizations exhibit?


To be successful, follow the below steps:

  1. Go to In the Search box in the upper right corner, type in your city and state. Click on the QuickFacts link.
  2. Scroll down to Race and Ethic origin. Choose an ethnicity that is not your own.
  3. Perform a literature search on the health practices/disparities/influences of that group. Report on the following:
    1. The ethnic group’s perception of communication.
    2. The ethic group’s perception of space.
    3. The ethnic group’s perception of social organization.
    4. The ethnic group’s perception of time.
    5. The ethnic group’s perception of environmental control.
    6. Finally, any biological variations of that ethnic group (for example, sickle cell anemia in African Americans or people of Mediterranean descent)
  4. Explain how awareness of these perceptions can influence the care you provide for a person of this ethnicity.

Your initial post must be posted before you can view and respond to colleagues, must contain minimum of two (2) references, in addition to examples from your personal experiences to augment the topic. The goal is to make your post interesting and engaging so others will want to read/respond to it. Synthesize and summarize from your resources in order to avoid the use of direct quotes, which can often be dry and boring. No direct quotes are allowed in the discussion board posts.


  • Initial Post: Minimum of two (2) total references: one (1) from required course materials and one (1) from peer-reviewed references.

Words Limits

  • Initial Post: Minimum 200 words excluding references (approximately one (1) page)
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