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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Renee Mehlinger, MEd, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book addresses culturally competent assessment, diagnosis, formulation, and treatment of ethnic minorities in the U.S. Based upon the authors comprehensive CME course, "DSM-IV Cultural Formulation: Diagnosis and Treatment," it also includes clinical cases and insights from experts in the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to present culturally relevant information regarding the four major ethnic groups in the U.S. to give the clinician the skills to understand and provide culturally competent diagnosis and care to diverse minority groups. Alleviating disparities in mental healthcare and stimulating research in the area are promoted through the application, integration, and synthesis of the principles discussed in the book to clinical practice.
Audience: The manual is a valuable resource for medical students, psychiatry residents, psychologists, trainees in social work and other mental health practitioners. Teachers of medical students will find it to be a useful tool for incorporating required cultural competencies into the curriculum.
Features: Culturally relevant material is presented that addresses the four major ethnic groups in the U.S.: African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, American Indian and Alaskan Natives. An informational section provides census data with educational and socioeconomic statistics relevant to each group. Case examples are presented to elucidate important culturally relevant points and to demonstrate how to work with patients from diverse minority groups in a culturally sensitive manner. Attention is given to the synthesis of culturally competent diagnostic and assessment variables into a culturally relevant formulation. A resident's guide to the cultural formulation is a particularly useful section for teaching trainees how to assess, conceptualize patient encounters, and apply the DSM-IV outline to clinical cases. An index, annotated bibliography, glossary of Culture Bound Syndromes, and references complete this comprehensive manual.
Assessment: This is a well organized, easy to read, interesting, and thoughtful clinical manual that succinctly addresses diagnostic, clinical, and treatment issues related to culturally competent evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of minority groups in the U.S. It is a culturally sensitive examination of the differences and sameness that bind and define cultural groups that can be used as a practical guide in everyday practice and as a teaching tool. Any clinician practicing in the U.S. will find it a relevant, current, and necessary read considering the rapid growth of minority populations and the subsequent variety of complex cultural variables that are necessary to understand and incorporate into diagnosis and treatment.