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Written for all health care providers, this text promotes awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The author through discussions of her own experiences, shows how cultural heritage can affect delivery and acceptance of health care and how professionals, when interacting with their clients, need to be aware of these issues in order to deliver safe and professional care. Traditional and alternative health care beliefs and practices from Asian American, African American, Hispanic, and American Indian perspectives are represented.

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Reviewer: Joan C. Murphy, EdD, MS, NP (Utica College of Syracuse University)
Description: This fifth edition, well-known, cultural work continues to deepen and expand the reader's theory and sense of inquiry.
Purpose: The purpose, as in past editions, is to increase the reader's awareness of the "dimensions and complexities involved as we meet the health and illness needs of patients." Cultural competence is now mandated by the Joint Commission of Hospital Accreditation and the Health Care Financing Administration. The author uses the notion of a quilt as a theme, thereby imaging continuity from chapter to chapter.
Audience: This book is intended for virtually anyone providing healthcare, but especially nurses and nursing students as we are constantly encountering cultural diversity. The author is successful in this effort.
Features: The twelve chapters are divided into three units. In the first the focus is on provider self-awareness, in the second cultural awareness, and in the third selected traditional views of health and illness. One example is Chapter 11, "Health and Illness in Hispanic America." There are eight very valuable appendixes including Suggested Course Outline and Suggested Course Activities. There is an extensive (20 page) bibliography and an impressive directory of alternative healthcare associations.
Assessment: As discussed by the author, the U.S. will continue to receive a significant portion of its population via immigration. Given that prediction, it is imperative that educators and those already in practice focus on initial and ongoing cultural competency. This evolving theory base has become obligatory for humane, ethical, and legal practice. Ongoing cultural shifts and new theory necessitate the new edition.
Joan C. Murphy
This fifth edition, well-known, cultural work continues to deepen and expand the reader's theory and sense of inquiry. The purpose, as in past editions, is to increase the reader's awareness of the "dimensions and complexities involved as we meet the health and illness needs of patients." Cultural competence is now mandated by the Joint Commission of Hospital Accreditation and the Health Care Financing Administration. The author uses the notion of a quilt as a theme, thereby imaging continuity from chapter to chapter. This book is intended for virtually anyone providing healthcare, but especially nurses and nursing students as we are constantly encountering cultural diversity. The author is successful in this effort. The twelve chapters are divided into three units. In the first the focus is on provider self-awareness, in the second cultural awareness, and in the third selected traditional views of health and illness. One example is Chapter 11, "Health and Illness in Hispanic America." There are eight very valuable appendixes including Suggested Course Outline and Suggested Course Activities. There is an extensive (20 page) bibliography and an impressive directory of alternative healthcare associations. As discussed by the author, the U.S. will continue to receive a significant portion of its population via immigration. Given that prediction, it is imperative that educators and those already in practice focus on initial and ongoing cultural competency. This evolving theory base has become obligatory for humane, ethical, and legal practice. Ongoing cultural shifts and new theory necessitate the new edition.
Booknews
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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838515365
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/22/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Health Care 2000 - Meeting the Needs of a Multicultural Society 3
Ch. 2 Health and Illness 19
Ch. 3 Familial Folk Remedies 45
Ch. 4 Culture, Health, and Illness 63
Ch. 5 Health Care Delivery: Issues, Barriers, and Alternatives 93
Ch. 6 Healing: Natural Traditions 117
Ch. 7 Healing: Magicoreligious Traditions 133
Ch. 8 The Influence of Demographics on Health Care 169
Ch. 9 Health and Illness in African (Black) American Communities 191
Ch. 10 Health and Illness in the American Indian, Aleut, and Eskimo Communities 215
Ch. 11 Health and Illness in the Asian/Pacific Islander American Community 241
Ch. 12 Health and Illness in European (White) American Communities 261
Ch. 13 Health and Illness in Hispanic American Communities 279
Ch. 14 The Use of Parteras in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas 305
Epilogue 331
Bibliography 339
Appendix I: Selected Key Terms Related to Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness 357
Appendix II: Suggested Course Outline 365
Appendix III: Suggested Course Activities 369
Appendix IV: Heritage Assessment Tool 371
Appendix V: Quick Guide for Cross-Cultural Nursing Care 375
Appendix VI: Data Resources 377
Appendix VII: NIH Office of Alternative Medicine 379
Appendix VIII: Networks: Selected Health-Related Organizations 387
African (Black) American 387
American Indian, Aleut, and Eskimo 388
Asian/Pacific Islander 389
Hispanic American 391
Multicultural 392
Index 395
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