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Understanding cultures beyond medicine
  1. Sheng Liu1
  1. 1. MetroHealth Broadway Health Center, 6835 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, OH, USA
  1. Corresponding Author: Sheng Liu, MD MetroHealth Broadway Health Center, 6835 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, OH 44104, USA Tel.: +1-216-9571650 E-mail: Sliu{at}


A patient with a terminal illness died of a horrible suicidal attempt and the case provoked deeper learning of how a certain cultural background can lead people to different behaviors. This case study is intended to stimulate more cultural competency–related discussions.

  • Cultural competency
  • power distance
  • context
  • individualism and collectivism
  • uncertainty avoidance

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