The Healthcare Professional's Guide to Clinical Cultural Competence
The Healthcare Professional's Guide to Clinical Cultural Competence,
Edition 1
By Rani H. Srivastava, RN, MScN, PhD

Publication Date: 18 Nov 2006

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This book serves as an introduction to a framework designed to develop cultural competence (a set of behaviours, attitudes and policies that allow professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations). The content, reading level, and pedagogy focuses on learning and acquiring the necessary skills to identify and deal with a diversity of cultures encountered in any health care setting. Appendices present information about particular groups, rather than by ethnicity or religion which can be very limiting. Our appendices present information by "populations" as they are clinically encountered (e.g. beginning of life / end of life etc.)

Key Features

  • Unique approach: looks at populations the way health care workers encounter them, not by ethno-cultural/religious labels

  • Multidisciplinary approach to writing reflects a variety of perspectives and direct front-line experience

  • Discussion is broad and inclusive, integrating different perspectives, but also makes visible the different paradigms used to approach the topic

  • Case studies and questions encourage critical thinking and dialogue

About the author
By Rani H. Srivastava, RN, MScN, PhD, Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health; Assistant Professor, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Associate member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto; Adjunct Professor, York University School of Nursing and Dalhousie University
Table of Contents
SECTION I: Foundations for Developing Clinical Cultural Competence

  • 1. Understanding Cultural Competence in Health

  • 2. Culture: Discourses, Myths, and Misconceptions

  • 3. Culture Care Framework I: Overview And Cultural Sensitivity

  • 4. Culture Care Framework II: Cultural Knowledge, Resources, and Bridging the Gap

SECTION II: Cultural Knowledge across Populations

  • 5. Cross-Cultural Communication

  • 6. Working with Interpreters

  • 7. Beliefs of Illness and Ways of Healing

  • 8. Cultural Care of Families

SECTION III: Cultural Considerations in Specific Populations

  • 9. Cultural Considerations at the Beginning of Life

  • 10. Cultural Considerations at the End of Life

  • 11. Cultural Considerations in Immigrant Women's Health

  • 12. Cultural Considerations in Mental Health

  • 13. Cultural Considerations in Pain Management

  • 14. Cultural Considerations in Caring Healing and Complementary Therapies


Book Reviews
The greatest strengths of this book are the authors' willingness to confront the complexity of dealing with culture, difference and racism; the ways they have made the book relevant to the clinical context of health care; the diversity of the examples used; and the pertinence to the Canadian context.
-Canadian Nurse March 2007, Vol. 103, No. 3

This recently published Canadian text is another excellent contemporary resource for all health care professionals wishing to improve their understanding of multicultural influences and their clinical proficiency.
-Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, March/April 2008, Vol. 42, No. 2
Book details
ISBN: 9780779699605
Page Count: 368
Retail Price: €42.99