Cross Cultural Communication
The World as we have known it is changing. It has become necessary at this point in history, to add to our knowledge as professionals, who care for the sick, the knowledge of their cultural background. This is not a new challenge but one which has not been adequately addressed in the past. We must begin to think in the context of patients, who more frequently, do not speak our language or understand our customs. As they come to us in a weakened state of illness, their ability to cope with the difference in our culture and theirs can lead to a state of culture shock. We can help best if we have understanding.
We will discuss the following concepts:
- Hot and Cold Climate Cultures
- Direct and Indirect Communication
- Inclusion and Privacy
- lndividualism and Group Identity
- High Context and Low Context Cultures