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Religion in the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility

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Religion in the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility
author
Alms, Rebecca
abstract
Religion has a great impact on the medical decisions of many people, especially the most devout. The intent of this thesis is to explore the role of religion in the doctor-patient relationship, specifically through the case study of the serpent-handlers. This religious sect is found primarily in the Appalachian Mountains and holds religious beliefs that affect their utilization of the medical system. I examine how religious and cultural issues are currently dealt with, through cultural competence. I identify several problems with this approach and suggest an alternative: cultural humility. Through acceptance of the practice of cultural humility, medical providers could better care for patients with diverse religious views.
subject
cultural competence
cultural humility
doctor patient relationship
religion
serpent handlers
contributor
Hyde, Michael J (committee chair)
King, Nancy MP (committee member)
Leonard, Bill J (committee member)
date
2014-07-10T08:35:23Z (accessioned)
2014-07-10T08:35:23Z (available)
2014 (issued)
degree
Bioethics (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/39251 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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