Sample Cultural Studies Paper on Cultural Medical Practice

Cultural Medical Practice

Traditional medical practices, rehabilitative prctices, therapeutic, and apprenticeship training practices are provided through prescribed frameworks under certain cultural belief systems, Ubuntu and uhnu cultural belief systems.(Gerrish, Husband, & Mackenzie, 1996). Medical practices in different cultures were built under certain fundamental principles. Taboos, norms, and tradition are the fabric from which cultural medicine is built and ensure the practices’ acceptability in the community. Heath practitioners are, therefore, mandated to respond to cultural needs and deliver culture sensitive services including practices revolving around food, language, religion, death practices, and prayers. However, the practices of minority groups in society are mostly not readily reflected in medical practice (Gerrish , Husband, & Mackenzie , 1996). This paper discusses the accepted transcultural practices in medicine practice and their general impact on health outcomes in the populace.

Healthcare behaviors are deliberate actions taken by people or communities to prevent diseases. Such practices include proper dieting regimen, subscription to vaccinations, meditations, and physiotherapy for trauma patients.  These practices endeavor to maintain proper body health, restore poor heath, and/or improve general well-being of an individual (Health Behavior, 2015). Improper heath practices include smoking, overconsumption of alcohol, and poor dieting. Acceptable heath practice ensures bolstered immunity, hence delayed onset of disease.

    High destitution rates have made it difficult for the patients to pay for the medical services extended to them, pushing them to subscribe to traditional and untested medical intervention practices (Walmsley & Miller, 2008). Cultural practices and social norms that dictate health behaviors including some which stipulate total seclusion of men from women and non-subscription to modern health practices have led to high mortality rates. High illiteracy levels and inadequate knowledge on health issues have led to low acceptance of modern healthcare practice. Additionally, poor infrastructure has led to inaccessibility of healthcare centers especially during emergency situations. Moreover, poor nutritional practices and inadequate physical activity among patients have led to the upsurge of lifestyle diseases most of which have high mortality rates.

By ensuring better universal medical insurance cover for all, patients from the entire divide will access medical treatment despite their prevailing financial status. Through this initiative, low and moderate-income patients can access healthcare (Darzi, 2008). Medical practitioner shortages should also be addressed by increasing the medical workforce through capacity building initiatives which include increasing the clinical manpower through expanding and increasing total count of training facilities. Increasing total number of medical practitioners could also take the dimension of leniency on practice license fees charged on foreign migrant practitioners, which helps in not only, increasing the workforce, but introduction of new skills.

Tele-health services e.g. call a doctor or contact a nurse and distant patient monitoring services are cost efficient and timely interventions for patients affected by geographical disparities (Walmsley & Miller, 2008).

Disease patterns change seasonally. Common flu is prevalent mostly in late spring and during winter in the tropics. During this time, access to medical facilities is impeded due to the snow, which poses a great logistical challenge to both the health professionals and the patients in delivery of medical services and in accessing these medical services respectively (Hollinghurst, Horrocks, Anderson, & Salisbury, 2006).  It is, therefore, imperative that infrastructural development and early warning systems be fast tracked to stem these impediments. Better remuneration perks for healthcare providers will enable them maximize their output in terms of service delivery to patients.



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