Engaging with patients across cultures?

What is important about working with patients? Following discussion in a culturally diverse learning group today, I have summarised the collective perspective. From working with patients with cancer in low and middle income countries for more than 200 cumulative years, it was suggested that clinicians learned about;

  • cultural sensitivity, developed from living in and engaging with the specific culture
  • appreciating patient’s awareness and acceptance of their disease process
  • respecting the family’s awareness and acceptance of the condition
  • recognising the influence of other cultural, religious and media-driven expectations of specific diseases

I can only reflect that these insights are likely to be much more broadly applicable…


I conduct and supervise research that promotes the translation of quality research evidence for use in clinical practice.

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