Culture and the Clinical Encounter: An Intercultural Sensitizer for the Health Professions

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How can health professionals best serve their multicultural patients? What are the best ways to communicate and avoid misunderstanding? In her book Culture and the Clinical Encounter: An Intercultural Sensitizer for the Health Professions, Dr. Rena Gropper addresses these questions through a series of forty-four case studies, in which communication between a health professional and a patient breaks down because of a lack of knowledge about cultural differences. Dr. Gropper asks the reader to assess each situation, providing four possible explanations from which to choose.Along with the correct interpretation of each interaction, Dr. Gropper also provides accompanying discussions in order to further explore the significance of each encounter and how it would best be resolved. Culture and the Clinical Encounter is valuable practice for health professionals looking to improve their relationships with clients and patients from culturally diverse backgrounds. Contents Acknowledgments 1 Introduction 2 The Critical Incidents 3 Explanations 4 Discussion Epilogue References Index of Cultures

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Professor Rena Gropper is one of the founders of the field of medical anthropology and has written extensively on the subject. She received her doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University and is professor emerita at Hunter College, CUNY.

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Culture And The Clinical Encounter: An Intercultural Sensitizer For The Health Professions provides a much needed opportunity for health care providers and non-specialist general readers to discover through real-life incidents the impact of cultural differences in the clinical encounter and the potential consequences of misunderstanding and miscommunication. For each incident the reader must choose the best of four possible explanations. The reader gains the skills and motivation to be alert to possible intercultural misperceptions or conflicts and their possible outcomes. 23 cultures represented are African American, Asian American, Dominican, Filipino, Haitian, Latino American, Mexican, Native American, Rom (Gypsy) and Vietnamese. Culture And The Clinical Encounter teaches the reader to think creatively and to ask appropriate, clarifying questions. Highly recommended! -- Midwest Book Review

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