Introduction: Overview of Patient Advocacy
- Patient advocacy within nursing involves speaking up for patients’ rights based on their care and safety.
- The patient advocate acts in a way to help both the client and their families.
- Advocate’s work is related to such tenets as representing the patient
Patient Advocacy and Cultural Competency in Healthcare
- Healthcare disparities can be avoided by advocating the culture of patients.
- At times, nurses will be forced to advocate for their patients due to myriad factors that can impact the provided care.
- For instance, factors such as social groups and family structure may turn to impact the delivery of care by limiting the care provided.
Importance of Patient Advocacy in Cultural Competency
- Patient advocacy plays a critical role in cultural competency in nursing.
- Patient advocacy has impacted social estimations of gatherings globally.
- It has become a way of championing for effective processes and unwavering patient care.
- With the growing diversity, patient advocacy has emerged to advocate the beliefs of diverse cultural groups.
- It has enhanced the way nurses and patients relate within the healthcare services cape.
Trends in Patient Advocacy
- There has been much effort geared towards providing culturally competent healthcare.
- This has been incorporated in the provision of medicine that appeals to patient’s religious beliefs.
- There has also been an awareness of the various types of religious and cultural needs of patient diversity in healthcare.
Patient Advocacy and Religious Beliefs
- Nurses deliver care that touches the religious beliefs of patients
- Handling of the body as per religious view
- Providing meals at the healthcare which do not go against their religious faith
- Prevent unwelcome family visits,
- Show correct nursing care, and
- Teach patients to advocate for themselves.
- Patient advocacy entails understanding patients’ cultural beliefs, values, and cultural variations.
- Cultural competency in the medical field is an essential aspect as it impacts the delivery of care profoundly.
- Care delivery must be centered on patients’ wishes
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