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Heritage Assessment
Tracie Bigelow Grand Canyon University: 429V Melinda Darling
September 29, 2013

Heritage Assessment
Culture is defined as the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society group place of time (Culture, 2013). The heritage assessment tool is a great method used to assess health maintenance, protection, and restoration of each individual’s cultural beliefs. The heritage assessment tool is often used by healthcare providers to help determine different cultural beliefs that may or may not impact an individuals care. The heritage assessment tool has been used to compare three different cultured families, health traditions, addressing health maintenance, health protection, and health restoration.
During the interview process with the three different cultured families, the heritage assessment tool was very helpful in determining the similarities and differences of each family. The twenty-nine questions asked in the heritage assessment tool gave the families room to elaborate and open up about certain beliefs. This tool is a great method that is used in hospital settings to help determine ones cultural beliefs. Nurses need to be aware of the different cultures to help provide good care. The heritage assessment tool helps provide information about each culture and how to provide good quality care to their liking.
The first interview conducted was with an American family (The Bigelow’s) that has no religious beliefs. The family consists of both parents, and four children. All of which were born in the United States. The Bigelow family keeps in contact with one another on a daily basis. They also see extended family on a monthly basis. Growing up the Bigelow’s were very involved with their health maintenance. They all saw a physician on a yearly basis for check ups and to obtain any vaccinations that were due. All members of this…...

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