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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a book presenting the foundation for providing culturally sensitive care to individuals and families throughout the lifespan. It does so using the Transcultural Assessment Model, developed by the two editors as the basis for clinical work. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide nurses, both practicing and student, the foundation of culturally appropriate care using the Transcultural Assessment Model that values diversity. The model is adaptable to any diverse population because it is built on exemplars from unique ethnic and diverse cultural groups. These worthy objectives are more than met.
Audience: The audience includes seasoned nurses as well as novices. The information is applicable across disciplines providing care in any population or setting. The editors are internationally known cultural experts who have been developing and disseminating their model of assessment for over 20 years.
Features: The first sections focus on the theory and the six concepts of the Transcultural Assessment Model. They guide the reader through the dimensions of culturally appropriate care. The next section uses the six concepts and applies them to clinical situations bringing the content alive. Tools to assist faculty in teaching the content are found in the book's accompanying Web site. The use of black-and-white illustrations instead of color takes away the impact of the otherwise powerful stories.
Assessment: Although there are transcultural books on the market that address certain aspects of diverse populations, there is no competition for the depth and breadth of this book. It is user-friendly, easy to understand, and is easily translated into practice. This book is a wonderful addition to the library of any health professional's who truly wants to provide appropriate care to diverse populations.