section is meant to help providers become more sensitive to
and aware of the general health beliefs and practices of a
culture that may be unfamiliar. Please keep in mind it can
in no way capture the breadth and richness of the culture,
nor can the information be generalized to all people of that
culture. It is important to ask patients and families presenting
for care about their own beliefs and practices relevant to
their own health and treatment.
The information in this section was originally published
in the Spring 2002 Issue 13 of Resource: The Bellevue Hospital
Patient Education Newsletter for Staff, Dorothy Spurgiasz
& Mildred D’Souza editors. This newsletter is published
quarterly by the Patient and Family Education Team, Bellevue
Hospital Center, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
The article is posted here with permission of the editors.