definition of culture
“Culture is defined by each person in relationship to the group or groups with whom he or she identifies. An individual’s cultural identity may be based on heritage as well as individual circumstances and personal choice. Cultural identity may be affected by such factors as race, ethnicity, age, language, country of origin, acculturation, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, religious/spiritual beliefs, physical abilities, occupation.
These factors may impact behaviours such as communication styles, diet preferences, healthbeliefs, family roles, lifestyle, rituals and decision making processes.
All of these beliefs and practices,in turn can influence how patients and heath care professionals perceive health and illness and how they interact with one another”