All health encounters involve a two-way exchange of cultural beliefs and motivations. Taking the time to reflect on this can enhance practitioners’ understanding of themselves, their colleagues, and the consumers, family members and carers with whom they work.
How did you feel about your relationship with the person? Did cultural similarities and differences influence your relationship? In what way?
What was the quality of communication with the person? Did cultural similarities and differences influence your communication? In what way?
If you worked with an interpreter, how did the presence of an interpreter or his or her way of interpreting influence your relationship or your communication with the person and the information you received?
How has the person’s cultural background or identity, life situation, and social context influenced your understanding of his or her problems or experiences and your assessment?
How is the person’s cultural background or identity, life situation, and social context expressed in the treatment, care or recovery plan and in your recommendations?
Did the health encounter confirm or call into question any of your prior ideas about the cultural background or identity of the person? If so, in what way?
Are there aspects of your own identity that may influence your attitudes toward this person?