The DASH diet: A cultural adaptation

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CULTURAL COMPETENCE in healthcare describes the ability of healthcare providers to understand the unique cultural perspectives of each individual patient and deliver services congruent with the individual's cultural belief system.1 For healthcare professionals, including nurses, understanding the influence of cultural elements is critical to the competent delivery of health services. Cultural factors affecting individual behavior related to health, healing, wellness, illness, and disease include language and other forms of communication, religious or spiritual beliefs, customs, and values.1
This article describes a cultural adaptation of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet for the Vietnamese population in Nebraska. This example provides a framework for healthcare providers to make similar adaptations for the various populations they serve.
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