Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness, 8th Edition / Edition 8

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Overview

The eighth edition of this well-respected book continues to promote an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Completely revised and updated, CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS examines the differences existing within North America by probing the health care system and consumers, and examples of traditional health/ HEALTH beliefs and practices among selected populations. An emphasis on the influences of recent social, political, and demographic changes helps to explore the issues and perceptions of health and illness today, while new introductory and capstone chapters help place material within perspective. An essential for any health-care professional, this book sets the standard for cultural perspectives and more importantly HEALTH–the balance of the person, both within one’s being–physical, mental, and spiritual–and in the outside world–natural, communal, and metaphysical. (Terms, such as HEALTH, are written this way to emphasize holistic meaning.)

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Written by a nurse, primarily for nurses, summarizes issues of provider self-awareness and delivery and acceptance of health care, and traditional views of health and illness in the context of various American ethnic groups. The bibliographies for each section are extensive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132840064
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/22/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 77,229
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Rachel E. Spector has been a student of culturally diverse HEALTH and ILLNESS beliefs and practices for 35 years and has researched and taught courses on culture and HEALTH care for the same time span. Dr. Spector has had the opportunity to work in many different communities, including the American Indian and Hispanic communities in Boston, Massachusetts. Her studies have taken her to many places: most of the United States, Canada, and Mexico; several European countries, including Denmark, England, Finland, Iceland, Italy, France, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland; Israel and Pakistan; and Australia and New Zealand. She was fortunate enough to collect traditional amulets and remedies from many of these diverse communities and to meet practitioners of traditional HEALTH care in several places. She was instrumental in the creation and presentation of the exhibit “Immigrant HEALTH Traditions” at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, May 1994 through January 1995. She and has exhibited HEALTH-related objects in several other settings. Recently, she served as a Colaboradora Honorifica (Honorary Collaborator) in the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain, and Tamulipus, Mexico. In 2006, she was a Lady Davis Fellow in the Henrietta Zold-Hadassah Hebrew University School of Nursing in Jerusalem, Israel. This text was translated into Spanish by Maria Munoz and published in Madrid by Prentice Hall as Las Culturas de la SALUD in 2003. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Scholar in Transcultural Nursing Society. The Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, the state organization of the American Nurses’ Association, honored her as a “Living Legend” in 2007. In 2008 she was recognized by the American Nurses’ Association for her work in Human Rights.

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Table of Contents

UNIT I: CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS
1. Building Cultural and Linguistic Competence
2. Cultural Heritage and History
3. Diversity
4. Health and Illness

UNIT II: HEALTH DOMAINS
5. HEALTH Traditions
6. HEALING Traditions
7. Familial HEALTH Traditions
8. Health and Illness in Modern Health Care

UNIT III: HEALTH AND ILLNESS PANORAMAS
9. HEALTH and ILLNESS in the American Indian and Alaska Native Population
10. HEALTH and ILLNESS in the Asian Populations
11. HEALTH and ILLNESS in the Black Population
12. HEALTH and ILLNESS in the Hispanic Populations
13. HEALTH and ILLNESS in the White Populations
14. CULTURAL COMPETENCE

APPENDIX A: SELECTED KEY TERMS RELATED TO CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS

APPENDIX B: CALENDAR: RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS THAT CHANGE DATES

APPENDIX C: SUGGESTED COURSE OUTLINE

APPENDIX D: SUGGESTED COURSE ACTIVITY–URBAN HIKING

APPENDIX D: HERITAGE ASSESSMENT TOOL

APPENDIX F: QUICK GUIDE FOR CULTURAL CARE

APPENDIX G: DATA RESOURCES

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