As North America’ ethnic populations increase, health care and social service workers are recognizing that in order to provide culturally sensitive and effective treatment programs they must be more aware of the particular needs of their ethnic patients. This newly revised edition of Cross-Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals describes Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian, Chinese, Japanese, Iranian, South Asian, and Central American ethno-cultural groups. It stresses the need to understand both the cultural beliefs and the daily life concerns facing immigrants, such as work, income, child-rearing, and aging, all of which impinge on health.
Reflecting the questions health professionals most often ask about immigrant groups, each chapter describes one ethno-cultural community, discussing such issues as childbirth, mental illness, dental care, hospitalization, and death, as well as home country culture, common reasons for emigrating, and challenges in adjusting to a new culture.
This new edition provides up-to-date statistics and fresh analysis, responding to changing trends in immigration. Additional material includes a new chapter addressing the special circumstances of refugees; short real-life stories of immigrants’ and refugees’ experiences; and a thorough, easy-to-use index.
Concise, well-written, informative, and relevant to practice in Canada. All sections provide a useful overview of historical experiences, adjustment styles, preferred values, and typical ways of thinking.
Praise for the first edition:
I highly recommend this book as a teaching manual and encourage health care agencies to make copies available to staff. It promotes and encourages an approach to the delivery of health care that is culturally sensitive.
An extremely practical handbook on diverse aspects of cross-cultural care … The terminology used in this text makes it readily understandable and easy yet interesting reading.
Introduction: The Need for Culturally Sensitive Health Care / Nancy Waxler-Morrison and Joan M. Anderson
1 People of Central American Descent / Danica Gleave, Natalie A. Chambers, and Arturo Manes
2 People of Chinese Descent / Ka-Ming Kevin Yue
3 People of Cambodian and Laotian Descent / Chansokhy Anhaouy, Elizabeth Richardson, and Nancy Waxler-Morrison
4 People of Iranian Descent / Afsaneh Behjati-Sabet and Natalie A. Chambers
5 People of Japanese Descent / Karen Kobayashi, Teruko Okabe, Kazuko Takahashi, and Elizabeth Richardson
6 People of South Asian Descent / Shashi Assanand, Maud Dias, Elizabeth Richardson, Natalie A. Chambers, and Nancy Waxler-Morrison
7 People of Vietnamese Descent / Kai-Kha Dinh, Soma Ganesan, and Nancy Waxler-Morrison
8 Refugees in Canada / Natalie A. Chambers and Soma Ganesan
Conclusion: Delivering Culturally Sensitive Health Care / Joan M. Anderson, Sheryl Reimer Kirkham, Nancy Waxler-Morrison, Carol Herbert, Maureen Murphy, and Elizabeth Richardson
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