Understanding Vietnamese Culture

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Understanding healthcare for the Vietnamese culture Introduction

For this paper my sister is law’s family was asked a variety of open ended questions for each of Gordon's 11 functional health patterns.
The Vietnamese culture has an impact on how Vietnamese regard healthcare. It is important to understand the Vietnamese beliefs on religion, family values and healthcare to better understand how to be culturally competent when giving nursing care. Fear of privacy and embarrassment plays a huge role in the Vietnamese women’s health. Vietnamese women rarely have annual health screenings for cervical, ovarian and breast cancer. They are very a very private culture and find these procedures an invasion of privacy and embarrassment. The main religion of the Vietnamese is Buddhism. Religion plays a role in how the Vietnamese view the healthcare system and the family system. Stanford School of Medicine explains, “Unlike American culture, Vietnamese culture values interdependence of an individual within the family and the group to promote harmony and order. There is less emphasis on individuality and more on social unity.” (Stanford School of Medicine, 2010). I asked Cynthia to tell me about religion in her family. She said religion plays an important role in regards to family. Cynthia’s family practices Buddhism and it is involved in their everyday life. She explains that every decision is made alongside Buddhism. Decisions are made with family input, this includes any healthcare decisions. The father is in charge of maintaining family traditions and values. He makes most decisions related to health. The Vietnamese teach their children to be respectful and obedient. The children have an obligation to support their parents as they age and because of this the elderly Vietnamese don’t live in nursing homes, but instead typically live with their oldest
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