discuss how health and illness beliefs can influence the assessment process.
Different cultural systems have certain health beliefs explaining the causes of illnesses and the treatment strategies for these conditions. For example, cultures that view illness as an outcome of supernatural phenomena might pose trouble to caregivers, especially if they live in western nations. Moreover, non-westerners often perceive little attention to therapy and counseling because they do not believe in such issues despite mental health being a worldwide problem. These cultural differences affect the attitudes of patients toward medical care, thus, affecting how they are often assessed.