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Adjustment problems in multicultural society - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am doing a school project i would like to know if you can help me with the following questions: can you tell me what issues, concerns, and/or challenges can you identify because of the multicultural population? what practices do you employ to help serve this multicultural population? can you give me some example?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Do you want to know about the health problems faced due to multicultural population?
User :   are you there?
User :   yes
Doctor :   1. Each community has its unique normal limits
User :   and not only about health problems, but what you and other staff members come across
Doctor :   For example height, 5feet may be considered short for an African, Russian or Europian, whereas it is within normal height limit for a Japanese
Doctor :   Similar differences can be found in various other parameters
Doctor :   like BP, Heart rate, Platelet counts ets
User :   what i would like to more the communication process
Doctor :   2. The morbidity patterns are different
User :   have you ever experience a problem because of misunderstanding
Doctor :   May I know the Title or Objective of your project?
User :   sure an interview with a professional who works in a multicultural healthcare facility.
Doctor :   Yes I have come across many such instances as I practice in a country that has the most number of languages & religions- India
Doctor :   I have avoided misunderstanding in most cases as I know 6languages
User :   can you give some examples of the problems you encountered
Doctor :   but the moment I come across a patient who speaks a 7th language
Doctor :   which I dont understand
Doctor :   there is this difficulty in getting the relevant history
Doctor :   & providing the advice
Doctor :   The patient can explain his/her symptoms
Doctor :   or problems
Doctor :   most accurately in their own mother tongue
User :   how do you help when faced with this situation
Doctor :   Usually I was able to find a person either in the patients family or among
Doctor :   my staff who knew the language
Doctor :   or else it was communication with gestures
User :   what services do you provide
Doctor :   Here, we have nothing special, but
User :   what services do you believe that is needed in the healthcare setting to help this multicultural population?
Doctor :   the service providers should know a few more languages, should know the various morbidity patterns of different communities
User :   Do you think that culture plays a big part in this as well?
User :   are you still there
Doctor :   Yes culture has its hand everywhere, in what aspect do you want?
User :   it does not matter
User :   oh better yet in the communication style
User :   my time is almost up
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