Bringing Patient Experience into the Light

For some time now, the old `doctor knows best’ attitude has been shifting in favour of dialogue with patients. Sometimes it is the better informed and more assertive patients who are driving the change, but clinicians, too, are becoming more attuned to factors such as gender, culture and faith which can influence experience, diagnosis and treatment. Continue reading

Changing diets from a cultural perspective

Dietary choices, cooking styles and eating habits are all influenced by a number of factors. In part, they are the product of personal preferences, but they are also determined by the availability and cost of food, by the ways in which food and nutritional advice are promoted and distributed, and by cultural values – those attitudes, beliefs and customs that shape our behaviour and help to dictate our choices. Continue reading