At the Interface of Culture and Medicine

At the Interface of Culture and Medicine

In this groundbreaking contribution to the field of culture and medicine, twenty-five professionals in medicine, nursing, and the social sciences have contributed fourteen papers on the influence of culture in health care. The topics range from the perception of skills of international medical graduates, to conflicting expectations of patient care of various cultural groups, to cultural issues at the end of life. Health care educators, practitioners, sociologists, policy makers, and learners at all levels will find this book makes a significant foray into an underexplored sector of research. [Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSJCuGeE5M0]

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Contents 6
Preface 8
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction | Waugh, Szafran, Crutcher 12
I Culture and End-of-Life Care 22
1 Seeking an Understanding of Aboriginal Culture | Wilson, Sheps, Thomas, Brown 26
2 Impact of Cultural/Ethinic PErspectives on Dementia and End-of-Life Care in Five Communities in Northern Alberta | Waugh, Szafran, Triscott 40
3 Growing Palliative Care | Whitfield, Williams 56
II Culture and Alberta's International Medical Graduates (IMGS) 86
4 Kamila's Reflection | Safeed 90
5 The Merging of Cultures | Crutcher, Mann, Baumber, Hofmeister, Armson 96
6 Mapping Diversity | Hansen, Waters, Palacios-Derflingher, Crutcher 128
7 Stories of the Journey | Rutherford 152
III Cultural Competence and Language in Medical Practice 166
8 Language Proficiency Programs and Professional Intefration of International Medical Graduates | Watt, Lake 170
9 Reflections on Language in the Management of Dementia | Triscott 194
10 Cultural Competence of Health Professionals | Szafran, Waugh, Triscott 210
IV Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in Health Care 226
11 Cultures of Menopause in an Ethnically Diverse Society | Spitzer 230
12 Health and Health Care Utilization Patterns of Visible Miniroty Seniors in Canada | Suwal 248
13 Aboriginal Healing | Young 268
14 Reflections of a Cree Healer's Partner | Cardinal 282
Conclusion | Waugh, Szafran, Crutcher 294
Contributors 298
Index 306
Colour Section 314