Heritage Health Assessment

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Introduction
The Heritage Assessment Tool (HAT) is a set of questions used to examine an individual’s ethnic, cultural and religious heritage. HAT can be used to understand an individual’s health traditions. The answers to the questionnaire can be used to evaluate how an individual views of health maintenance, health protection and health restoration. The author will review three different individuals culture heritage using the HAT. The cultures that are being compare for differences in health traditions of Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and European White Origin Americans. The review of HAT results will give insight to compare the differences of health traditions between these blended culture families. Culture heritage is values, religious beliefs, and traditions developed by an ethnic group. United States population consists of a diverse group of multicultural individuals with different racial and ethnic groups; by using the HAT can help healthcare professionals to develop cultural competencies. Each culture beliefs of health are viewed differently. Heritage Assessment Tool

The objective of the self-evaluation of the author and reviewing results from two peers was to compare the differences in health tradition between the three cultures. From the diverse group Asian/Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American and European White Origin American; all three individuals have blended cultures. The peers that precipitated in the HAT had parents that married outside of their own ethnic group. The author of this paper used their own HAT evaluation to gain knowledge of health tradition based of the cultural heritage. By using the HAT the answers can determine the family unit how to improve health and illness beliefs and practices. This information obtained for HAT can also be used in Nursing. Understanding a patient culture heritage; the healthcare provider can better identify with the patient thoughts and fears regarding modern healthcare. A patient traditional heritage affects how a patient’s maintain health, protection health and restoring health. HAT provides individual’s awareness between one’s own culture heritage and that of other ethnic groups from different cultures. As a result of using the HAT by health care professionals there can be positive communication between the patient and health care professional. The greater number of positive responses the greater the person’s identification with a traditional heritage (Spector, 2000) The results of the HAT can be used to evaluate a patient’s cultural, religious heritage; the HAT can determine how deeply an individual identifies with a particular health tradition. Individuals who can are more ethnocultal heritage may incline to identify their health and illness in a holistic way. Therefore, their health beliefs and practices many be different from the modern healthcare. Health Traditions by Health Maintenance, Health Protection, and Health Restoring In the health traditions review by the three culture each group has a unique traits that have been applied to their health from beliefs from their culture group. These methods that is distinct to their own beliefs and values from their cultural heritage. These differences in beliefs and values can be used along with modern approaches to health care. Peer Heritage Reviewed

There are similarities and differences between the Asian/Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American and European White Origin American. Some of the elements that affect health maintenance are there dietary restrictions, foods that are eaten certain times of the year, activities that are related to a specific culture, visiting with family and religious practices. Health protection includes special diets, symbolic clothing, family activities and superstitions. Health restoring includes embracing homeopathic remedies, relaxations techniques and religious rituals. Asian/Pacific Islander Americans

When reviewing the HAT of an...
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