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Table 8 Issues identified during the cultural assessment (N = 211)

From: The relevance of clinical ethnography: reflections on 10 years of a cultural consultation service

Identified issues N a %
Patient’s social, economic and/or administrative problems 100 51.3
Patient/provider differences in illness-related beliefs 87 44.6
Language barriers 79 40.5
Patient’s mistrust 40 20.5
Untreated mental health issues 38 19.5
Patient’s low health literacy, unrealistic expectations of medicine 37 19.0
Severe medical condition or poor prognosis 29 14.9
Clinicians’ disbelief, prejudice towards patient 20 10.3
Patient/provider conflict regarding illness management 20 10.3
Trauma and loss 17 7.5
Institutional barriers (changes of health care providers, hospital visiting policy, etc.) 15 7.7
Complex or unfamiliar family dynamics 13 6.7
Other 50 25.6
  1. aThe sum of requests is greater than 211 because several issues were identified for each referral