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From The CriticsReviewer:Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD(Southwestern Adventist University)
Description:This book uses the Purnell Model for Cultural Competence as the organizing framework for each chapter. Unfortunately the model itself is published in print too small to read. The book is about one-quarter of the size of the average textbook, but too big for a pocket.
Purpose:. . the goal of this Guide is to promote cultural sensitivity and culturally competent care that respects each person's right to be understood and treated as a unique individual." An additional objective is to provide a format "that is concise and easy to understand." These worthy objectives have been met. The author states that much of the information in this book is synthesized from Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach, 2nd edition (F.A. Davis, 2003).
Audience:Several times the authors mention the intended audience as healthcare providers. As an educator, I see this book as a great supplementary text for students in healthcare professions. Much in this book helped me understand students in the classroom. One of the authors, Larry D. Purnell, is the creator of the model upon which the book is based.
Features:After the model is explained "each chapter is organized by the Model's domains of culturally sensitive care and provides key approaches and intervention." Chapters are titled "People of ______ Heritage." The heritage groups are presented alphabetically and tabbed accordingly. Each chapter includes communications, family information, biocultural ecology, high-risk behaviors, nutrition, pregnancy issues, death rituals, spirituality, and healthcare practices. Twenty-seven different "heritage" groups are covered.
Assessment:I love this little book. It gives the important information in bulleted lists. It includes a greater number of cultural groups than many larger texts. Students would be wise to get this as a reference in the first healthcare course and reference it throughout their education. It would be useful on the shelf of every healthcare area.