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How to overcome cultural barrier in health setting?

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February 26, 2011 8:36PM

This is a difficult and challenging question and a proper answer would require years of experience. Cultural barriers depend on the culture of the provider and the patient, so there is no singular answer to the question.

The best answer I have heard is to supersede the Golden Rule ("Treat others as you would want to be treated") with the "Platinum Rule" - Treat others as they wish to be treated.

Like I said, discovering the specifics of this answer takes years of experience and depends on a lot of factors, the most basic being the cultures involved.

Communication barriers often further complicate the situation.