Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Practical Guide / Edition 2

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Overview

A manual written for health care professionals who care for patients from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. First developed by doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital in Boston, it contains detailed, practical information for working with dozens of religious and cultural groups and is designed to help providers best meet needs of their ethnically diverse patients while satisfying stringent new regulatory standards for culturally sensitive care.

The book contains no figures.

For doctors, nurses, counselors, social workers, and those in group practices, here is a practical and indispensable hands-on guide to patient values and preferences within dozens of religions and cultural groups. This guide will help every hospital and clinic comply with strict new regulations in cultural competence.

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Editorial Reviews

Joanna Basuray
This is a manual for healthcare providers in any healthcare setting. Information about clients and their families is described from cultural, anthropological, and sociological perspectives. A consistent framework of inquiry is used for the content, which is covered largely through cultural and religious dimensions. Several critical components of cultural diversity are explained in Part Three: Tools. The appendix includes existing policies on controversial procedures in healthcare. The purpose is to inform and build awareness with humanistic sensitivity for the patient. The content is basic information that can be generalized by readers. Generalization of information on cultural differences must be taken seriously. Though the introduction contains strategies as an independent guide, cultural information requires a dialogue with healthcare providers through interactions such as workshops. The guide is intended for practitioners in the healthcare field for culturally diverse patient populations. It is written in a language that is clear and objective to differences among people. Future editions should include more nurse contributors as well as a review which will be used by the largest healthcare profession: nursing. In addition, a most notable authority in transcultural nursing, Madeline Leininger, is not included in the references or in the bibliography. Overall, content is current and inclusive to several variations within a cultural group. Biological differences are grossly lacking in this guide. Healthcare practice is mostly observation, use of touch, and interpretation of biological parameters. The guide is useful in a setting where such guides were previouslynonexistent. However, the practitioner must be previously prepared in the biological aspects of diversity in humans. In conclusion, this is one of the best compiled manuals I have read and its usefulness cannot be underestimated.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Joanna Basuray, RN. PhD (Towson University College of Health Professions)
Description: This is a manual for healthcare providers in any healthcare setting. Information about clients and their families is described from cultural, anthropological, and sociological perspectives. A consistent framework of inquiry is used for the content, which is covered largely through cultural and religious dimensions. Several critical components of cultural diversity are explained in Part Three: Tools. The appendix includes existing policies on controversial procedures in healthcare.
Purpose: The purpose is to inform and build awareness with humanistic sensitivity for the patient. The content is basic information that can be generalized by readers. Generalization of information on cultural differences must be taken seriously. Though the introduction contains strategies as an independent guide, cultural information requires a dialogue with healthcare providers through interactions such as workshops.
Audience: The guide is intended for practitioners in the healthcare field for culturally diverse patient populations.
Features: It is written in a language that is clear and objective to differences among people. Future editions should include more nurse contributors as well as a review which will be used by the largest healthcare profession: nursing. In addition, a most notable authority in transcultural nursing, Madeline Leininger, is not included in the references or in the bibliography. Overall, content is current and inclusive to several variations within a cultural group.
Assessment: Biological differences are grossly lacking in this guide. Healthcare practice is mostly observation, use of touch, and interpretation of biological parameters. The guide is useful in a setting where such guides were previously nonexistent. However, the practitioner must be previously prepared in the biological aspects of diversity in humans. In conclusion, this is one of the best compiled manuals I have read and its usefulness cannot be underestimated.
From The Critics
This manual for health care professionals offers practical information on dozens of religious and cultural groups, highlighting issues that health care professionals face when dealing with patients' beliefs surrounding illness, death, and religious observance in a hospital setting. Cultural and religious traditions of different countries are profiled, with information on diet and nutrition, family structure, and attitudes about illness. Profiles of several different branches of Christianity are included for non-Christian health care providers. Final chapters offer guidelines on interpreter services, pastoral care, and meeting the Joint Commission Standards related to culture and religion. Appendices offer standards for emergency baptism, religious objections to blood transfusions, and organ and tissue donation. Rundle is manager of specialty programs at South End Community Health Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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A manual for health care professionals who care for patients from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Sponsored by Children's Hospital in Boston, it contains detailed, practical information for working with dozens of religious and cultural groups and is designed to help providers best meet the needs of their ethnically diverse patients while satisfying stringent new regulatory standards for culturally sensitive care. Includes a CD-ROM version. Presented in a three-ring binder format. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787962210
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Health Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 794,397
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE RUNDLE, R.N., has served as manager of specialty programs at South End Community Health Center in Boston, Massachusetts and Coordinator of the Center for Families at Children's Hospital in Boston. She has founded a consulting firm that specializes in improving hospitals' skills at patient communica-tions, called Health Care Competence (healthcarecompetence.com). She also is an instructor in the graduate school for health studies at Simmons College in Boston.

MARIA CARVALHO, LICSW, is a clinical social worker and head of the Spanish Service Team at Children's Hospital.

MARY ROBINSON, M. Div., is a board-certified chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Children's Hospital.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

About the Editors xiii

Editors and Consultants xv

Introduction xxi

Culture of the Health Care Provider xxii

Purpose of the Book xxiii

Strategies for Providers xxiv

Part 1 Cultural Traditions 1

1. Africa 3

Cape Verde 3

Eritrea 7

Ethiopia 11

Nigeria 15

Somalia 18

2. Asia 23

Cambodia 23

China 27

India 31

Japan 35

Vietnam 39

3. Central America and the Caribbean 43

Central America and Mexico 43

Dominican Republic 47

Haiti 50

4. Europe 53

Greece 53

Gypsies (Roma) 56

Portugal 61

Russia 64

5. The Middle East 67

Saudi Arabia 67

6. South America 71

Brazil 71

7. North America 75

African American 75

Native American (North American Indian) 79

Puerto Rico 83

8. Nationality-Independent Cultural Groups 87

Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing 87

Families with Gay or Lesbian Parents 91

Case Study: Caribbean Culture 95

Part 2. Religious Traditions 99

9. Religion and Spirituality 101

Special Issues for Providers 101

Facilitating Discussion About Spiritual Matters 103

10. Religions 107

Buddhism 107

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) 111

First Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) 116

Hinduism 122

Islam (the Faith of Muslims) 126

Jehovah's Witness 131

Judaism 135

Eastern Orthodox 140

Protestantism (Christian) 144

Roman Catholicism 148

Santeria 153

Case Study: Rabbi Shapiro 157

Part 3. Tools 161

11. Utilizing Resources to Better Serve Multicultural Patients 163

Consultation on Cultural or Religious Issues 163

Interpreter Services 164

Pastoral Care 169

Other Members of the Health Care Team 169

External Consultants 169

Template for Collecting Cultural Information 170

Template for Collecting Information About Religious Traditions 172

12. Meeting Joint Commission Standards Related to Culture and Religion 175

Assessment of Patients 177

Patient and Family Education 179

Care of Patients 186

Patient Rights 190

Standards Update, 2001 196

Ongoing Challenges 199

Appendix 203

Standard for Nursing Practice: Culture and Care 203

Emergency Baptism Procedures 205

Ethics Committee Consultation 207

Ethics of Redirecting Goals of Care 209

Religious Objections to Blood Transfusions 214

Organ and Tissue Donation 216

Patient and Family Education 219

References and Other Resources 223

Index 229

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