Using Giger and Davidhizar’s Transcultural Assessment Model, perform a comprehensive assessment of how Japanese cultural beliefs and practices might impact he

Using Giger and Davidhizar's Transcultural Assessment Model, perform a comprehensive assessment of how Japanese cultural beliefs and practices might impact healthcare decision-making, treatment adherence, your communication, your interventions, and your education to align with the patient's cultural values and preferences. 

Utilize your mind map and the outline of your assessment and expand upon each of the six cultural phenomena for your selected group.  

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  • OutlineforComprehensiveCulturalAssessment.docx

  • DiversityModule1Assignment1.pdf



Outline for Comprehensive Cultural Assessment

Jennifer Gonzalez

St. Thomas University

NUR 505-AP6

Dr. Darline Francois, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ENA, RRT

July 7, 2024

Outline for Comprehensive Cultural Assessment: Japanese Cultural Beliefs and Practices

I. Introduction

· The brief history of Japanese culture

· Cultural background is one of the essential principles of healthcare

II. Japanese Cultural Beliefs and Practices

· Family and community roles

· Importance of family decision-making

· Respect for elders

· Concepts of health and illness

· Culture (e.g., conventional thoughts of disequilibrium of body, mind, and spirit).

· Integration of Africa’s traditional medicine practices with modern approaches.

· Dietary customs and restrictions

· Common dietary practices

· Effect on the diet management in healthcare.

III. Impact on Healthcare Decision-Making

· Decision-making process

· Individual versus Collective decisions

· Family’s participation in consent and care planning

· Trust in healthcare professionals

· Importance of building trust

· Honor for superiors and knowledgeable people

IV. Treatment Adherence

· Patient's expectations and beliefs on medication and treatment

· Preferences for non-invasive treatments

· Possible fallback on traditional treatments

· Factors influencing adherence

· Family support and encouragement

· Awareness of treatment advantages and disadvantages

V. Communication Strategies

· Language barriers and preferences

· Interpreters or translators are employed, providing translation services or any other bilingual personnel.

· The significance of mutual understanding and effective manner of speaking to one another

· Non-verbal communication

· Body movement and nonverbal communication are important.

· The norms of an individual’s culture determine how they feel or convey pain/discomfort.

VI. Cultural relevant intervention

· Culturally sensitive care plans

· Drawing on the traditional practices when it makes sense

· respect diet and lifestyle choice.

· Involving family in care

· Family members should participate in the care of their sick ones.

· Implementing family-focused service provision

VII. Patient Education

· Tailoring education materials

· Incorporation of the local language and examples

· Make some of the items so they can be easily understood by people with poor reading and writing skills.

· Awareness on health and nutrition

· Focusing on possibilities of warding off diseases and providing comprehensive medical treatment

· Addressing cultural practice that people have toward the management of their health

VIII. Conclusion

· Summary of key points

· Since culture is a dynamic concept, cultural competence must be developed and maintained continuously.

· Promising cultural respect to patients

IX. References

Cite a list of sources on Japanese cultures and practices in healthcare.




Social Organization

Time Orientation

Environmental Control


Description: Language and non-verbal cues crucial for effective communication.

Example: Providing interpreter services for a patient who speaks a different language.

Description: Personal space preferences and use of space in interactions.

Example: Respecting a patient's preference for proximity during physical examinations.

Description: Family dynamics, roles, and hierarchies influencing decision-making.

Example: Involving extended family members in treatment discussions if desired by the


Description: Perception of time (past, present, future) and its importance.

Example: Understanding cultural variations in punctuality for appointments.

Biological Variation

Description: Beliefs about controlling health and illness.

Example: Allowing patients to practice rituals or use alternative therapies

alongside medical treatments.

Description: Genetic and physiological differences impacting health and healthcare. Example: Recognizing variations in response

to medications based on genetic background.








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