Multicultural issues in health

Gorman, Don and Best, Odette ORCID: (2005) Multicultural issues in health. In: Living with illness: psychosocial challenges for nursing. Elsevier (Churchill Livingstone), Sydney, Australia, pp. 70-82. ISBN 0-7295-3750-1


This chapter deals with the provision of nursing care to clients from a range of cultural backgrounds. Health beliefs and practices vary from culture to culture, making cultural sensitivity essential to the dehvery of effectIve
nursing care. Studies have shown the need for greater knowledge and understanding of cultural differences to enable clinicians to respond more effectively to clients from non-English speaking backgrounds. (DiCicco-Bloom
& Cohen 2003, Gebru & Willman 2003, Spence 2001). This chapter, then, will look at the significance of culture and how it affects our interactions with others' cultural issues that influence health and health care; and the
concept of cultural safety. While it is important that we avoid stereotyping people, examples will be given of some of the common differences in views held by different cultures that demonstrate how cultural dIfferences can
affect health care.

While this chapter discusses primarily ethnic cultural groups, it should be borne in mind throughout that other subgroups within society also have their own specific cultural beliefs. They can therefore be disadvantaged if their beliefs differ from mainstream culture. A particular focus of this chapter will be the health needs of Indigenous Australians, a recognised subgroup of
Australians, through an exploration of the case study of Irene.

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Additional Information: Chapter 6. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2010 05:19
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2022 14:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: health; health care; multicultural; indigenous
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441013 Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups

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