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Cross-cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0774803436, Paperback)As western Canada's immigrant population increases, health care and social service workers are recognizing the importance of greater awareness of the particular needs of these patients in order to provide culturally sensitive and effective treatment programs. This handbook describes several recent immigrant groups in western Canada, among them Vietnamese, South and Southeast Asians, Chinese, Japanese, Central Americans, West Indians, and Iranians. It is unique in its approach as it provides information not only about the health beliefs and practices of these communities, but also about the social context of each group. Each chapter describes one particular ethnic group and discusses attitudes towards such issues as childbirth, mental illness, dental care, hospitalization and death. Information is also given on the level of health care, the religion, education and political system in the home country, as well as on the reasons for emigrating and problems of adjusting to life in Canada. The authors, who are themselves members of the communities they describe, work in a wide variety of health-related fields. The information they provide reflects the kinds of questions professionals ask about these immigrant groups. The final chapter offers specific guidelines for cultural assessment, including strategies for negotiating a plan of care that will be acceptable to both the clinician and the patient. With its wealth of practical information, "Cross-Cultural Caring" will be particularly useful to health care professionals working directly with patients from different ethnic backgrounds. It will also provide important information for administrators in health care and social service agencies and will be of interest to those in medical sociology and anthropology. "Nancy Waxler-Morrison is an Associate Professor of social work and sociology at the University of British Columbia. Joan Anderson is a professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia. Elizabeth Richardson is a social worker with the Ministry of Social Services and Housing, British Columbia.".
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