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TABLE 4

Cultural Sensitivity Best Practices When Recommending Dietary and Lifestyle Changes (21)

• Instead of telling patients to stop eating a certain food of great cultural importance, suggest that they eat more of another type of food, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. 
• Tailor each recommendation to the individual’s learning style and personal beliefs. 
• Always use an interpreter instead of a family member when speaking to non–English-speaking patients. 
• Community programs are especially effective when encouraging patients to make lifestyle modifications, allowing them to learn from members of their own cultural community. 
• Use a patient-centered communication style. 
• Instead of telling patients to stop eating a certain food of great cultural importance, suggest that they eat more of another type of food, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. 
• Tailor each recommendation to the individual’s learning style and personal beliefs. 
• Always use an interpreter instead of a family member when speaking to non–English-speaking patients. 
• Community programs are especially effective when encouraging patients to make lifestyle modifications, allowing them to learn from members of their own cultural community. 
• Use a patient-centered communication style. 
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