Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Dear fellow caregivers,
You are welcoming a patient from the Czech Republic.
Here is a list of useful information to know in the context of his medical care.

General Information

Distance Paris – – – > – – – – Prague : 548 miles
10.5 million people / Average salary: $1,511 per month
Literacy rate: 100% / Life expectancy: 79.14 years
Spoken language : Czech

Communication

Students in Czech Republic for a Erasmus Program

● The family is the center of the social structure. Obligations and loyalty to the family are of utmost importance.
● Czechs tend to be reserved when it comes to communication and the expression of emotions. It is therefore common to have small discussions during appointments before discussing important issues.
● It is not recommended to say “no” directly. “We’ll see” or “it’s difficult” are more easily accepted formulas.
● Several appointments may be necessary for a Czech to make a decision.
● Czechs greet strangers by meeting them and expect the same in return.

Beliefs, Practices & Rituals

Alter children preparing for Mass

● About 40% of the population is Catholic and 40% consider themselves atheists. The remaining 20% are a mixture of different belief systems.

Eating habits

Relaxing meal with friends

● The traditional Czech dish consists of pork or beef in a thick sauce with a side dish (usually meatballs or potatoes). This type of food is often high in fat and sodium.
● Many Catholics avoid eating meat on Fridays, especially during Lent. Fish can be a good alternative.
● During Lent, some Catholics fast during the day or avoid eating certain foods.

Pregnancy and motherhood

Mother holding her newborn's hand

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End-of-life care

Stroll among friends

● Czechs may request the presence of a priest to perform Extreme Unction
● Catholics may see death as the passage from this life to eternal life. They are generally confident in the eventual resurrection of all those who have died as believers.
● Treatments that prolong life may be more difficult to accept if they cause widespread fatigue and if attempts to preserve life seem futile.
● Assisted suicide and euthanasia are difficult to accept. Pain medication may be given as long as the intention is to provide comfort.
● The Church does not give guidelines regarding organ donation.

Examples

This section allows us to share experiences. Feel free to share yours with the community.

Sources :
Diversity Toolkit – Cleveland Clinic

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