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Understand the importance of social and cultural
dynamics, to avoid alienating the patient from his or her family
Consider the cultural meaning of symptoms or
illness and the cultural values of the patient and the patient's
Recognize that cultural context and societal
views may affect development of symptoms and treatment response.
Consider cultural values in the patient's
decision making about taking medication and adhering to medication
regimens and other treatment.
When determining a pharmacologic treatment plan,
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enzymes occur at varying frequencies across ethnic groups.