Cultural Disease


Inmy opinion, it takes a lot of interest to succeed in whichever fieldone ventures into. In the context of learning, the student ought topossess a passion for the specific course. Personally, having theinterest to study in this field is a great opportunity to explore thefield of care. I feel that there is no better way to make a positivechange in the world other than through touching lives. The courseshall offer a chance to impact people’s lives each and every day.Through the course, I feel there is a guarantee to get involved inpersonal cases involving the unwell. With much curiosity, I plan tograsp as much detail as possible. This way, I shall have a clearunderstanding of caregiving. Despite the many challenges related tothe field, this will be a rewarding journey. I will have numerouschances to learn about the patient’s care needs and meet peoplefrom diverse cultures.

Ihope to achieve so much during and after the course. These benefitsinclude a professional background and experience throughout mylearning. The chance to engage in the learning environment will alsobe a wonderful experience. This will be a way to interact andunderstand different aspect of caregiving. I hope to also learn therelationship between illness and culture. This means that the periodof learning shall be a chance to educate me through interactions.After my course, I look forward to engaging with different peoplefrom different cultural backgrounds more easily. The pain and burdenthat comes along with illness and disease can be exhausting. It istherefore only right to play a professional and emotional role duringthe decision-making on a patient’s illness. Through the learningexperience, I will be qualified for the task. Taking part inrestoring health to the ill is my priority. My passion for care willalso play a huge role when taking care of the ill. With no doubt,this is the journey that I am fully dedicated to so as to impactlives.

Duringthe learning experience, I gained so much detail on culture andmatters of illness and disease. This information can be overwhelmingand sometimes one may not find it easy to put it into perspective. Asa professional, there seems to be too much responsibility laid ontoyou. This is not at all a negative but sometimes explaining suchdetail about health choices can be a challenge. I realize theresponsibility to inform the patient on how to care for their healthlays on the caregiver. With so many differences in ideas, it istricky when it comes to assisting with health decisions. About thesubject of culture, I have learned that there are so many ideologiesand beliefs when it comes to disease treatment.

Thewestern culture contains so many different aspects of medical care.In America, the expectation of receiving compliant patients isusually quite the opposite (Mc Laughlin, 1998). This means that themain agenda to get the patient’s health back on track can sometimesbe at risk. I find this reality tough, yet one to be dealt with forthe good of the patient. During my learning, I learned that the issueof culture dates back in the early years of medicine invention. Tosay the least, medicine is a remedy that not all agree with, or atleast some tend to take medicine with a belief to get well. Differentcultures view medical care as a western culture and are not soaccommodative to such ways. The fact that there are numerous ethnicgroups in every part of the continent is a challenge. The biggerissue is that these diverse opinions on illness and disease bringconflict on the method of cure to apply.

InAmerica, some ethnic groups are against medical care. In theirculture, these groups devise their methods to treat the ill. Anexample is the Native Americans who view illness as a cause of badrelations with nature or with supernatural forces (Mc Laughlin,1998). With such belief, the ill do not receive any medical care dueto cultural differences. To my surprise, in some cultures disclosureof information such as that of mental illness is rare. Sometimes theill has to keep this important information within their perimeters.This means that most households or communities shun those suspectedof having a mental illness. From a health medical carer’sperspective, this should be a criminal offense. However, the right topractice one’s own faith and beliefs conflict with the healthcarepractices.

Cross-culturalvariations also seem to complicate the issue of medical care evenmore. The issue here is that there can be many diverse subgroupsunder one ethnic group. The matter of offering care and treatment,therefore, is carried out through different methods. Such mattersbring collision when medical care is introduced to such communities.It gets tough to educate on medical care while there are so manyother cultural options that such groups have practiced forgenerations. The question of whether medical care can be accepted byeveryone still remains unanswered. The differences in culture seem tobe heavy matters that even the elite still debate on.


Differencesin culture can be learned through the education system and day-to-dayinteractions. However, illness and disease should not be takenlightly by prolonging debates on methods to provide care. Thewellness of the patient should be the main focus of the caregiver andthe society at large. When faced with such difficult choices it isthe duty of the medical professional to be objective while offeringcare to the patient.


McLaughlin, L. (1998 November 7). How culture influences healthbeliefs. EuromedInfo. Retrievedfrom: