The Rastafarian Patient

  • Cynthia PriceEmail author
  • Tanya Belle


In this chapter, we discuss a case of a Rastafarian woman who presents with a potentially serious complaint. Her husband opposes certain aspects of her care, which presents obstacles for the treatment team. The approach to these obstacles is later discussed using cross-cultural tools and skills while also exploring some common misconceptions encountered with this particular category of patients.


Rastafarian patient Jamaican woman Dreadlocks Hypertension Unnatural substances Herbalism Religion Modesty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hartford HospitalHartfordUSA
  2. 2.Emergency Medicine Residency ProgramUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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