Reviews some basic health beliefs and practices associated with a number of cultral and religious groups. Intended to help providers learn about the possible expectations that patients and residents may have for their care.
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.
Packed with practical pointers and examples, this indispensable, straight-talking guide helps professionals conduct productive interviews while building strong working relationships with culturally and linguistically diverse clients. Chapters cover verbal and nonverbal ways to build rapport and convey respect; how to overcome language barriers, including effective use of interpreters; culturally competent interviews with children and adolescents; and key issues in working with immigrants and refugees. Strategies for avoiding common cross-cultural misunderstandings and producing fair, accurate reports are presented. Every chapter concludes with thought-provoking discussion questions and resources for further reading.