"HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ (HCCN), founded in 1961, is a global health care nonprofit organization that offers spiritual care-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings, and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to improve patient experience and satisfaction and to help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning--whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are."
This organization regularly updates their useful but not comprehensive publication, A Dictionary of Patient's Spiritual and Cultural Values for Health Care Professionals. It essentially describes the beliefs and practices commonly found within a particular cultural or religious group.
-originally posted on the CAL Learning blog-
"In order to improve health care delivery and outcomes, providers must develop the cultural competence to serve patients from diverse cultures.
Western culture takes a biomedical approach to health care. However, many cultures take a more holistic approach that includes the body, mind, and spirit. Providers who work with the patient’s belief system, rather than against it or ignoring it, will have greater success in delivery and outcomes. Providers must also be aware of their own cultural filters in the health care delivery process.
To improve health care delivery and outcomes, providers should know the patient’s cultural views on: