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Health Disparities in International Culture


I am reading on International culture and health disparities and I am confused with what "international culture" means. How are some of health disparities noted in underdeveloped global communities derived from these international cultural factors?

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Culture can be defined as the sum total of the beliefs, rules, techniques, institutions, and artifacts that characterize human populations (Ball, McCulloch, 1998). There is a strong consensus, however, that key elements of culture include language, religion, values, attitudes, customs, and norms of a group or society. The interaction of health disparities and cultural interpretation of disease is presented as a complex problem that researchers and providers must unravel in order to reduce inequalities in health care. Several factors may lead to increased rates of disease, injury, disability, and death. These barriers include structural (living in an inequitable geographical/regional location), economic (poverty), social/clinical (health illiteracy), and often religious ...

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The expert examines health disparities in international cultures.