Cultural and Religious Sensitivity: A Pocket Guide for Health Care Professionals, 3rd Expanded Edition

ISBN: 9781635850468
ISBN-10: 1635850460
Copyright: 2018
Edition: 3rd Expanded
Author: Galanti, Geri-Ann
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 100
Reviewer: Vincent Carr,  DO, MSA, FACC, FACP  (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
This book focuses on the importance of understanding patients' cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs in order to provide quality, patient-centered healthcare.
The book notes that although Western medicine has great technology, healthcare personnel need to be aware of different cultural/religious traditions so they can communicate effectively with their patients to improve healthcare safety, quality, and outcomes.
The audience includes all healthcare workers, as everyone in the field should have an understanding of the cultural and religious traditions of their patients.
The book begins with "A Word of Caution," which addresses generalizations and stereotypes and how they are different, and defines many terms that impact the interpretation of the information that follows. The book is divided into two sections, one on cultures and one on religions. The cultures section covers Anglo-American, Asian, Black American, Middle Eastern, and Russian culture, etc. Within each culture, the book discusses values, worldview and communication, pain, family and gender issues, pregnancy and birth, end of life, and health beliefs and practices. The religions section reviews most of the world's major religions, including Amish, Bahia, Buddhism, Eastern Orthodox, Islam/Muslim, Jehovah's Witness, Judaism, Mormon/LDS, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, and Sikhism. Within each religion, the book discusses such topics as diet, healing beliefs, medications, spiritual practice, abortion, end of life, care of the deceased, organ donation, autopsy, and disposition of the body.
This is an extraordinarily useful, pocket-sized guide that outlines the basic principles of diverse cultures and religions that healthcare providers should have an understanding of.
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