Culture, religion, and beliefs

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  • Culture, Religion, and Beliefs
    • Definitions
      • Attitude
        • Assumptions that we use to make sense of our social experience
      • Primary socialisation
        • The process of a child learning the norms, attitudes, and values, of a culture and society in which they are growing up
      • Secondary socialisatioon
        • The process of learning appropriate behaviour in society. Influences include education, media, government, and religion/ culture
    • UK
      • The UK is multicultural and diverse
      • Culture or religious beliefs could influence treatment decisions
      • Complex situations and emotional distress that affects the care provider and family members
    • Prayer
      • Most faith groups use prayer as part of the healing process and there is a general belief that prayer supports medical care
    • Some religions may reject medical intervention
      • Jehovah's Witness
        • Blood transfusions
        • Do accept most other treatments
        • Legal action can be taken to save life (after labour or  for children)
    • Muslims/ Islam
      • Do not eat pork or non-halal meats and they do not consume alcohol
      • Fasting
        • Purpose is to develop the quality of honesty by withdrawing from sinful deeds
        • Supposed to benefit the mind, body, and heart
      • Ramadan is an example of the period of fasting
      • Benefits
        • High fibre/ low fat diet = lower risk of heart disease, high blp
        • No alcohol/ stimulants = reduced risk of cancer/ heart disease
        • Fasting = weight loss, reduced cholesterol levels, detoxification
    • Alternative Medicine
      • Herbal remedies or diets
      • Is not disclosed about with professionals
        • As they do not want to have a bad relationship with their healthcare professionals


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