The cultural gap delivering health care services to Arab American populations in the United States

J Cult Divers. 2010 Spring;17(1):20-3.


The relationship between Middle Eastern patients and populations of Arab origin with western health care professionals are by no means free of cultural misunderstandings. The relationship is often strained by mutual cultural misunderstanding as well as communicative and linguistic hardship. Even though people from the Middle East do vary racially, they do have shared values and behavior. This can include the importance of family cohesion, and interactive attitudes toward ailments and health. Some issues and concerns in providing health care could vary from attaining adequate information to communicated suggested behavioral change by a patient. Culturally and linguistically appropriate guidelines are warranted to provide an understanding of the cultural distinctiveness of Arab Eastern patients by shortening the gap between the Arab cultures with the western medical culture thus improving their healthcare needs.

Publication types

  • Retracted Publication

MeSH terms

  • Arabs / education
  • Arabs / ethnology*
  • Arabs / statistics & numerical data
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Communication Barriers
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Cultural Competency / education
  • Cultural Competency / organization & administration*
  • Cultural Competency / psychology
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Healthcare Disparities / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Islam / psychology
  • Middle East / ethnology
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Religion and Psychology
  • United States