Cultural health beliefs in a rural family practice

  • Siew Beng Khoo


Understanding the socio-cultural dimension of a patient’s health beliefs is critical to a successful clinical encounter. Malaysians, comprising a multi-ethnic population of Malays, Chinese and Indians still use a wide variety of traditional healthcare systems in spite of having a remarkable modern rural health service. Patients’ perceptions of health, expectations of healthcare, treatment choices, advances in health care, and other aspects of care are influenced by class, culture and religion. Clinicians may be inadequately trained to face the challenges of providing quality care to socially and culturally diverse populations. (copied from article)
How to Cite
KhooS. B. (2006). Cultural health beliefs in a rural family practice. Malaysian Family Physician, 1(1), 1. Retrieved from
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