What tensions do you think might experience arising from the differing worldview of administrators,healthcare providers, and patients?
Worldview may be defined as the underlying set of beliefs and assumptions which determine the cultural interpretation and explanation of a particular experience. It is expected that the increasing diversity of stakeholders in the healthcare sector would lead to frequent tensions amongst the healthcare providers and seekers leading to adverse health outcomes. Consider a set of native population with high incidence of a particular disease that carry the worldview that all sickness has supernatural origin and requires divine intervention for treatment. As a result, such community may approach a healthcare practitioner only as a last resort and thus may result in delayed diagnosis and lack of adherence to medical intervention suggested by the practitioner, which leads to tension amongst the providers and seekers (Burger, 2001). Further there are groups of population who may believe in alternative medicinal therapies but the healthcare practitioner believes and practices only practices approved in medical science which would result in healthcare intervention not being successful. Additionally the administrators when planning health intervention should keep the cultural factors in mind as the healthcare system adopted by the White Australians is not acceptable to native and migrant groups who have different value and belief system. It is imperative that the administrators and healthcare professionals must take into consideration the worldview held by their patients and offer customised intervention which do not reject their worldview but actually respects it. It is only through building bonds based on mutual trust and respect that the benefits of healthcare could be reaped by all sections especially the marginalised and vulnerable population (Tilburt & Geller, 2007).
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