Providing Healthcare to Hmong Patients and Families

Who Are the Hmong People in America? The Hmong (pronounced hmung with a very soft h) in the United States are a relatively small southeast Asian minority group who began living here at the close of the Vietnam war. Due to their unique cultural beliefs and indigenous practices, Hmong refugees settled in the United States often present a unique set of challenges to healthcare professionals. As a...
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Traditional Asian Health Beliefs & Healing Practices

This newsletter introduces our community of readers to some of the basic concepts behind the traditional medicines and healing practices of Asian cultures. People belonging to these Asian cultures are accustomed to relying on distinct health practices and beliefs that are significantly different from those of native born Americans and other immigrants. As patients’ health beliefs can have a...
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Cultural Values of Asian Patients and Families

Successful communication between healthcare providers and their patients from different cultural backgrounds depends on developing awareness of the normative cultural values of patients and how these differ from the cultural values of most western medical professionals. When cultural differences are poorly understood, a variety of adverse clinical outcomes may result: reduced participation...
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