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Multicultural Respiratory Care

Overcoming cultural barriers and building patient trust, oral appliance therapy for obstructive apnea, and more!

Culture-based differences are found throughout healthcare. Whereas most Americans seek traditional care providers, for example, non-Western cultures routinely look to alternative practitioners, such as herbalists, midwives and shamans, to return them to health.

And while U.S. healthcare values and protects the interests of the individual patient, individual interests are subordinate to family needs and decisions in other countries where healthcare decisions are made by group consensus.

Additionally, as Americans strive to prevent disease and proactively treat oncoming illnesses, many other cultures seek care only in acute situations.

What a diverse and shifting population means for respiratory therapists and other practitioners is they will increasingly need to raise their understanding of, and sensitivity to, differing cultural customs, beliefs and practices around medicine and healthcare while concurrently jumping over language barriers.

Read more in the cover story for this issue of the ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine e-magazine. Plus, find articles on the following respiratory care and sleep medicine topics:
  • Mobile ECMO Access
  • School-Based Asthma Legislation
  • Preventing Stroke by Moderating AFib
  • Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA
  • Responding to Mass Traumas  
  • Career Advice: Standing Out in the ATS


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