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Germany's Health Beliefs
Transcript of Germany's Health Beliefs
diet, rest, and exercise. A physician or nurse is the traditional healer. Suggestions For Health Care
Workers: Dietary Guidelines Their response to pain: Most germans contain self-control in response to pain, and pain can be helped by medications. Body Language Outside sources, punishment for sins,
lack of cleanliness, and self abuse is
usually the cause of illness according
to the Europeans. Medications, surgery, diet, exercise, home remedies, self care for minor illnesses, and prayer and religious rituals is their methods of treatment. Challenges to Health Care:
• Lack of understanding of the American health care system
• Differences in language and communication styles
• Health care and insurance in the United States is not as accessible as the health care and insurance in Germany
• Typically United States employers do not provide paternity leave or the extended maternity leave that German employers do
• The United States government does not afford the same rights to same sex and unmarried couples as it does to married couples •Communication is important, providers should follow up a visit with a phone
call Plenty of fruits and vegetables, drinking water, eating slowly, and limiting intake of sugar, salt and fat. They also encourage eating plenty of breads, pasta and rice, preferably of the whole grain variety. Germans value direct eye contact, particularly during face-to-face conversations, seeing it as a sign of honesty and interest in the discussion. A person who does not look you in the eye is regarded as untrustworthy and of weak character. Smiles are used with discretion, typically being reserved for close friends and family only. Germans do not normally smile to express politeness as is common in the United States. • Health care providers should be punctual, as being late is considered an insult •When being introduced to a woman, wait to see if she extends her hand • Health care professionals should try to maintain direct eye contact when eye contact is made with the patient. • Health care facilities can offer a translator to patients who may require one • Health care facilities can offer education on differences between U.S. and German Health care systems. • Health care providers should be aware that Germans require 6 inches more personal space than Americans do. Religions: Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3% The official language of Germany is German, with over 95% of the population speaking German as their first language. How could you use this information for the future?