Culture is the result of the combination of many factors such as origin, traditions and religious beliefs. The surrounding Culture influences our notion of “good health” as well as our apprehension regarding treatments. Culture is not necessarily a sign of national unity at this level.
Even in one country opinions can differ greatly. Indeed, Jehovah’s Witnesses imperatively refuse blood transfusions, even if their life depends on it. To have foreign blood mixed with theirs is considered spiritual death.
Culture has an impact on many levels, whether it is in the communication of news, the doctor-patient relationship and the desired results. Both the patient and the doctor have their own cultural banding, adaptation from both parties is necessary for the treatments to be most effective.