Doctor-patient communication is of utmost importance but being culturally sensitive is not limited to providing an
interpreter for patients who require one. Many aspects of communication are non-verbal, and culture plays a huge role in medical interactions. Everything from eye contact to whom to address in the exam room can be affected by patients’ cultural backgrounds. In some Jewish, Hindu or Islamic cultures, pork is not eaten. Since there are a number of medicines, such as insulin, that contain pork-based ingredients, there could be problems if a health care practitioner prescribes and/or administers such medicines to people of these cultures and beliefs.
What are some ways doctors and other medical practitioners may have formed these perceptions? Social Science