What Do You Know About Providing Ethical Care?
Oral health professionals are charged with encouraging open communication with patients, and understanding their perception of health and disease, as influenced by traditional beliefs. Read on to see how much you know about providing ethical and culturally competent care.
Culture influences a patient’s communication style, beliefs, understanding of health and disease, and attitude toward health care.
Cultural competency is a set of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that enhance a clinician’s understanding of—and respect for—a patient’s values, beliefs, and expectations.
Which of the following factors can encompasses diversity?
Almost all cultural groups are prevention oriented.
The principles of autonomy, beneficence, justice, and veracity provide a foundation for managing patient interactions and care, and integrating cultural respect into all clinical care situations.
For practitioners, the challenge is to balance ethical principles and the need to meet the standard of care within the context of a patient’s cultural beliefs.
Using plain language, or “living room” language, is not important when providing care to a diverse patient population.
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