I personally trust and will listen to the health care providers that are treating me and working on me because of how I was raised to look at them. They are leaders, smart, intelligent people who I was told were always right, and I think that it s general statement when it comes to American society. We praise those that are leaders and those that are passionate about what they do. We base our trust on people who have done their time and gone to school because it is our culture. Though not every single person feels this way, Id bet that a lot of people would assume the same thing. Of course this is an American thing and not all cultures are going to feel the same way. There are several cultures that have been practicing more herbal and natural treatments to things and are more willing to listen to herbalists than medical professions and its all based on where you’re from, what you are taught to listen to, and how you were raised. You can’t force someone to see the same things as you because no matter what everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if they do begin to believe you its because you did a really good job at either sweet talking your way there or just forcing them to think this way by brainwashing them. Think of it as putting a spartan in Ann Arbor and trying to tell them that they are a wolverine. How much persuasion would you need to force them to think that?
The wolverine is a very mild comparison to those of the Hmong culture. They were treated worse than other individuals and that made them push away from the American medical staff,which is completely understandable. If someone was treating me that way I would resent them just as much as they did because if you want to gain my trust and support I should be treated as either an equal or a superior. Its just common sense. There are so many options for health care when looking at different cultures as I mentioned earlier so making a group of people do things one way when they already practice and do things a certain way is a hard to thing to accept and change. Also because this is a medical practice, it is harder to make people change because it is such a spiritual aspect of life. Because it is so different than the Americans way of practicing medicine I can see why it was such a struggle for them to “change their ways” and be forced to practice as the American do. The videos did a great job at helping me embrace culture and how I as a future nurse will run into these issues every day and how to start going about some of these problems. Not everyone is going to see eye to eye and it will be a struggle but what people choose to believe in is something sacred and trying to force them to do something they are not willing to do just isn’t right.
To specifically talk about the Lee family and the miscommunication they had is just sad. They were without a translator and if they would have had one their daughter would have been in a much safer environment for their health. This is an example of something I know I will see every day in the hospital because as a student who shadows frequently in Detroit there are many times where nurses and doctors have to use family members or interpreter phones to communicate with patients. So many hospitals are now using them more frequently and it is such a great way to make the world of medicine a less hostile and stressful environment because we can see what the patient is feeling and needs without making a mistake medically or against their culture beliefs.
Taking a step back and thinking about what the patient would do is definitely a way to resolve issues that could result from cross culture practices. Also if this was incorporated more in schooling of medical professionals it would have a chance to prevent further miscommunication from happening.
Gray, Annabelle. Hospitals turning to interpreter hot lines to bridge language barrier. 2010. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/030810/sta_572209362.shtml#.V6vy6WXmsb0.