Project Title

Cultural competency towards the Middle Eastern population as seen through the lens of Middle Easterns

Presenters

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Mary Beth Maguire

Additional Faculty

Dr. Mary Beth Maguire belongs to the Wellstar School of Nursing department. Dr. Doreen Wagner, Nursing, dwagne18@kennesaw.edu (departmental liaison) Dr. Rita Bailey, Honors College, rbaile62@kennesaw.edu

Abstract (300 words maximum)

This research will provide insight into the culture of Middle Eastern people and how healthcare providers, especially nurses, can provide culturally competent care toward this population by understanding their lifestyles. There are many misunderstandings about the Middle Eastern culture and people that derive from unfortunate historical events. Middle Eastern people are forced to deal with discriminatory consequences because of their ethnicity. The purpose of this research project is to provide education about this culture and therefore inform nurses of what is important to remember when caring for a Middle Eastern patient. Photovoice is the primary research methodology and uses photography to capture the essence of and raise awareness for a group of people that are discriminated against, in this case Middle Easterns. The research focuses on the healthcare perspective, noting health patterns, cultural patterns, and themes within the photos. The final product will consist of a research paper that reviews those themes and provides patient health education specifically catered to this population. A slideshow of the collection of photos that is received from the participants will also be created to present the work to healthcare professionals and attendees of the symposium. By healthcare providers learning and understanding more about the Middle Eastern culture, it is anticipated an indirect break down of the walls of discrimination will occur so that Middle Eastern patients can receive the equal care that they deserve.

Project Type

Poster

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Cultural competency towards the Middle Eastern population as seen through the lens of Middle Easterns

This research will provide insight into the culture of Middle Eastern people and how healthcare providers, especially nurses, can provide culturally competent care toward this population by understanding their lifestyles. There are many misunderstandings about the Middle Eastern culture and people that derive from unfortunate historical events. Middle Eastern people are forced to deal with discriminatory consequences because of their ethnicity. The purpose of this research project is to provide education about this culture and therefore inform nurses of what is important to remember when caring for a Middle Eastern patient. Photovoice is the primary research methodology and uses photography to capture the essence of and raise awareness for a group of people that are discriminated against, in this case Middle Easterns. The research focuses on the healthcare perspective, noting health patterns, cultural patterns, and themes within the photos. The final product will consist of a research paper that reviews those themes and provides patient health education specifically catered to this population. A slideshow of the collection of photos that is received from the participants will also be created to present the work to healthcare professionals and attendees of the symposium. By healthcare providers learning and understanding more about the Middle Eastern culture, it is anticipated an indirect break down of the walls of discrimination will occur so that Middle Eastern patients can receive the equal care that they deserve.