Russian cultures and customs
Food and eating habits
Russian breakfasts are typically rather thin. They can be composed of something along the lines of just a slice of bread and cheese with coffee to tea. But also, many Russians believe that hardship of work must be done with a breakfast to match it, so some Russians may eat a crêpe or a thin pancake with it.
Russian lunch is the largest meal of the day. There is no specific time but an average between 1-3 p.m. Lunch is usually started with a soup or borsch. Soup and/ or borsch is very important in Russian meals. Then, they will eat some meat or fish served with lots of vegetables. This corse is also served with potatoes, cereal, or pasta.
Next is dinner. This is the last meal of the day and is much smaller than lunch. It can be composed of only bread, meat, and vegetables.
Bread has always been the central role in Russian cousin. Heavy rye, dark; white bread is quite always the most loved kind of bread. We also have to say that for generations, white bread was considered preferable for the richest people. But now you can find white bread everywhere and it’s also cheaper than the black one.
Orthodox Christianity is the most common religion in Russia taking 75% of the population. Islam is professed by 5% of the population. Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism and Buddhism are professed by 1% of the population each. All of the above accept blood transfusions. Muslims can receive blood transfusions, where Jehovah witnesses cannot. Orthodox Christians don't have very specific interpersonal customs. Manors is important when they are being treated.
The gender roles in Russia are not always the same. Although many men go out and do the work while the women stay home and houseclean, in some cases the women go out to work or both do.
Ways to help a Russian patient is to confront them about any stress or recent arguing. If your patient does not accept excessive medications, ask if they will approve of over the counter medications or homeopathic medication. No conspiracies about medical field or distrust.
Beliefs in the causes of illness
Beliefs in the causes of illness:
Russians do not have a certain knowledge of their illness or a belief in the causes. They accept medical attention in most ways depending on their religion. They do not have superstitions about illness.
Methods of treatment
Methods of treatment:
Most Russians do not have a certain method of treatment unless they refuse some treatments, such as blood transfusions, unless the condition is fatal.
Response to pain
Response to pain:
Russians have typically normal response to pain. They do not stop any procedures if the experience pain. If pain medication is available, they will most likely ask for it.
Beliefs surrounding birth
Beliefs and practices surrounding birth:
Many Russians like the mother to be the first to see the baby when delivered, then the close family like husbands, sons, daughters, ect. They usually choose to go through labor with anesthesia and pain medication or prefer to have birth naturally.
Beliefs in death
Beliefs in death:
At Russian funerals, they leave a glass of vodka with black bread over it. An orthodox priest would conduct the burial. Cremations are very rare.
Beliefs in healthcare
Beliefs in healthcare:
Russians do not disapprove of modern healthcare or medicine.