Transcultural considerations in obstetrics and gynaecology: what the clinician needs to know.

Abstract

Healthcare professionals working in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology may encounter patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds, particularly in our inner cities. These women may have similar cultural beliefs and values about aspects of care they experience compared with native women, but they may also have differing beliefs and may present with preconceptions about the care they expect to receive. In our experience, traditional medical training has limited core teaching on the existence of such cultural variations, and professionals often only experience them through working in the clinical setting. This review was, therefore, undertaken with the aim of increasing awareness of such variations, in order to promote more holistic management, and ultimately to enhance patient care.

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