API Medical Traditions

Asian medical tradition centers on a belief in the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit and the need for balance and a holistic approach to the treatment of illness. In this session, you will look at some of the traditional beliefs that shape Asian medicine. Understanding and acknowledging these beliefs can help you provide a better foundation for helping your patients make intelligent health care decisions.

Many Asian patients must reconcile traditional beliefs with Western concepts of health and illness. Patients subscribe more firmly to traditional or western beliefs based on their age, education, language proficiency, length of time in the US, and general assimilation into Western culture. An awareness of AAPI medical tradition will permit you to ask appropriate questions regarding health beliefs, demonstrate respect and sensitivity for your patient’s culture, and ultimately strengthen your relationships with your AAPI patients.

via Providers Guide.