Weakness of The Medical Profession

Weakness of The Medical Profession

Because worldviews contain and shape cultures (shared starting points and values), working effectively across cultures requires some understanding of the soil from which cultures grow—the seedbed called worldviews.

Worldviews can be resources for understanding and analyzing conflicts when fundamental differences divide groups of people. By looking at the stories, rituals, myths, and metaphors used by a group, we can learn efficiently and deeply about group members’ identities (who they see themselves to be) and meanings (what matters to them and how they make meaning). When we do this with each side to a conflict, places of connection and divergence may become clearer, leading to a better understanding of the conflict in context. (LeBaron, 2003)

Worldview encourages a broader understanding of and elaborates on the implicit content of culture. For example, a health care professional may know that a patient or a family holds many unfamiliar beliefs, but by understanding worldviews the health care professional can appreciate the mind-set that those beliefs create (Tilbert, 2010).

A person’s worldview is closely linked with his or her cultural and religious background and has profound health care implications. For example, people with chronic diseases who believe in fatalism (predetermined fate) may not adhere to treatment because they believe that medical intervention cannot affect their outcomes. Worldview is an equally important concept for educating health professionals about their own beliefs and assumptions that may influence the care they deliver. Health care providers play a mediating role in whether or not populations experience health disparities. A weakness of the medical profession is that not all of its members appreciate and accept that it has a professional culture (and subcultures) that consists of its own beliefs and assumptions just as do the cultures of the patients (Tilbert, 2010). Some of the major components of worldview
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