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Cultural Awareness in Nursing and Health Care Second edition

THIS IS the second edition of a useful and practical text that examines issues of culture, race and ethnicity as they affect patient care. It is aimed at students but will appeal to qualified health and social care professionals.

The first few chapters offer an overview of key concepts. Topics covered include culture, race and ethnicity, views on health and illness and the influence of religious beliefs. Consideration is then given to the knowledge and skills required to provide care that is sensitive to the cultural needs of diverse communities. The remainder of the book focuses on areas such as women’s health, child and family-centred care and older people.

The authors have avoided the risk of promoting stereotypical views of people from particular ‘cultural groups’ by frequently challenging the reader to question their own assumptions and to recognise diversity within and across different ethnic groups.

In this latest edition, each chapter has up-to-date references and websites and short case studies and exercises. In addition, two new chapters on men’s health and the needs of asylum seekers and recent migrants have been included. The book is well structured, highly readable

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The first few chapters offer an overview of key concepts. Topics covered include culture, race and ethnicity, views on health and illness and the influence of religious beliefs. Consideration is then given to the knowledge and skills required to provide care that is sensitive to the cultural needs of diverse communities. The remainder of the book focuses on areas such as women’s health, child and family-centred care and older people.

The authors have avoided the risk of promoting stereotypical views of people from particular ‘cultural groups’ by frequently challenging the reader to question their own assumptions and to recognise diversity within and across different ethnic groups.

In this latest edition, each chapter has up-to-date references and websites and short case studies and exercises. In addition, two new chapters on men’s health and the needs of asylum seekers and recent migrants have been included. The book is well structured, highly readable and contains many useful references and website addresses.

The text is intended for those in practice, but it may interest researchers who are increasingly expected to consider ethnic and cultural diversity. New researchers may find it useful in raising awareness of cultural issues. However, the book was never intended to deal with research issues in a multi-ethnic society and researchers will need to read more broadly to address this matter.

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