Caring for Patients from Different Cultures / Edition 4

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"If the goal of the American medical system is to provide optimal care for all patients, healthcare providers must understand cultural differences that create conflicts and misunderstandings and can result in inferior medical care. Geri-Ann Galanti's updated classic, Caring for Patients from Different Cultures, is even more comprehensive than the first three editions, containing new appendices for quick reference, an expanded and updated bibliography with Internet resources, and a detailed index." Caring for Patients from Different Cultures contains more than 200 case studies illustrating cross-cultural misunderstanding and culturally competent health care. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including birth, end of life, traditional medicine, mental health, pain, religion, and multicultural staff issues. The case studies illustrate important concepts from the fields of cultural diversity and medical anthropology, This volume is an important resource for nurses and physicians in achieving cultural competency.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for earlier editions:

"A must-read book for any healthcare professional. . . . It should be in every hospital library."—Caregiver Journal

"Large urban hospitals are chaotic places, and cultural misunderstandings do not enhance the care given in them. Galanti not only reports these cases but offers insightful ways of handling the problems they illustrate."—American Anthropologist

"An excellent book to hand to medical colleagues who understand little of cultural sensitivity (and claim they have little time to learn), and it would be an important addition to any hospital library or reading room."—Disabilities Studies Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812220315
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 152,382
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Geri-Ann Galanti is a medical anthropologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches in the Doctoring program. She was formerly on the faculty of the School of Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition

1. Basic Concepts
2. Communication and Time Orientation
3. Pain
4. Religion and Spirituality
5. Activities of Daily Living and the Body
6. Family
7. Men and Women
8. Staff Relations
9. Birth
10. End of Life
11. Mental Health
12. Traditional Medicine: Practices and Perspectives
13. Making a Difference

1. Cultural Profiles
2. Selected Religions
3. Dos and Don'ts of Providing Culturally Competent Care
4. Tips for Working with Interpreters
5. Summary of Case Studies

Bibliography and Resources

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