This chapter contains a case study of a Native-American woman presenting at an emergency department. Her way of interacting and her previous experience with anti-Indian prejudice, together with the doctor’s lack of understanding of Native-American experience, identity, and social customs might contribute to miscommunication between the patient and doctor. Reserving of prejudgments on the doctor’s part and willingness to communicate openly with the doctor on the patient’s part reduces tensions and allows the exchange of information.
KeywordsNative-American patient Native traditional religion Lakota language Herbal remedies Stereotyping Trust Respect
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