Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2013 , Vol 4, Issue 4
Cancer, Culture and Nursing
Seda Pehlivan1,Yasemin Yıldırım2, Çiçek Fadıloğlu2
1Gaziantep Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, İç Hastalıkları Hemşireliği, Gaziantep, Türkiye
2Ege Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, İç Hastalıkları Hemşireliği, İzmir, Türkiye
During the submission of health care services, cultural characteristics are generally underestimated. Culturally appropriate care; understanding dimensions of culture, moving towards comprehensive approach, increasing knowledge, changing approaches and improving clinical capabilities. Culture defined as the way of life in a given society, and it affects individuals' beliefs on health and diseases, values and social behavior. Due to the fact that, early diagnosis, attendance to detection programs, treatment response, and survival are also affected from the features of culture. Cultural features include; economic status, gender roles, nutrition, personal hygiene, profession, family structure, clothing, housing, population politics, environmental arrangements and health care politics. These cultural features affect the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Also there is relationship between nutrition, profession and environment and cancer. Additionally, cultural features affect diseases and treatment acceptance and surviving with cancer. Nurses providing health care services in multi-cultural countries as our country need to know cultural features of the patients and must be taken into account while planning care these features. Keywords : cancer, culture, nursing