Contents: Foundation stones. Understanding cultural competence in health care. Culture: perspectives, myths, and misconceptions. Culture care framework I: overview and cultural sensitivity. Culture care framework II: cultural knowledge, resources, and bridging the gap. Universally applicable cultural knowledge. Cross-cultural communication. Working with interpreters in healthcare settings. Caring for diverse families. A working guide to illness beliefs and paths of healing. Specific cultural considerations. The beginning of life (the perinatal period). The end of life. Mental health practice. Immigrant women?s health. Pain management. Caring-healing and complementary therapies.