you want to learn more on the subject of cultural diversity in healthcare?
explore the topic further by clicking on the Web sites listed below. They
contain helpful information, as well as extensive bibliographies on the
subject. If you know of any others I should add, please let me know. I'll
be updating this section regularly.
are arranged according to topic. Scroll down to find the relevant topic.
Female Genital Mutilation/Female Circumcision
Links to Websites & Articles
Resources for MDs and RNs
Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture
This comprehensive website is designed for clinicians to help them provide
culturally competent healthcare. It contains an interesting Quality
& Culture Quiz, as well as information on several ethnic groups, along
with links and other resources.
about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent
to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle, many of whom are refugees
fleeing war-torn parts of the world.
Resources for Health Care Providers.
The US Department
of Health Resources and Services Administration site contains links
to websites and articles that can be used by health
care providers. It includes information on assessment tools, culture
and language specific groups, and specific diseases/conditions associated
with various ethnic groups, as well as information on training curricula.
Nursing Basic Concepts & Case Studies
basic concepts, case studies, cultural competency, related links, and
an annotated bibliography.
Cultural Health Care Program
on cultural competency training, interpreter training, and research projects.
An online tutorial on how illness is traditionally perceived and cured
around the world. It was created and is maintained by Dr. Dennis
O'Neil, BehavioralSciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos,
Contains patient information and other materials in Spanish from
the American Academy of Family Physicians. Click Spanish/Espanol
for patient handouts on specific health problems.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Culturally Effective Care Toolkit to help practicing pediatricans and their
office staff provide culturally effective care to their patients and families.
Evidence-based and best practices for developing cultural competencies
in nurses. Includes an online journal, cultural links, and theories
and models (including by Galanti). NEW
Think Cultural Health
This government website includes the latest information regarding CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service in Health and Health Care) Standards.
Heart Healthy Recipes
Downloadable,heart-healthy cookbooks from the NIH on African American,
Latino, and American dishes. Look under "Recipe Collections."
and Nutrition Information Center. Ethnic/Cultural Topic Page
Information on diet, health, and disease in a variety of ethnic groups.
Bridging the Great Divide
Kaiser Permanente's short video on health disparities shows some of the
causes and costs of differences that result in poor health outcomes,
and offers solutions to this nationwide problem. NEW
Expressions of Grief over the Death of an Infant
From The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Women's
Health Care Physicians, the site reviews cultural traditions of Latino,
African American, North America tribal and Muslim families grieving the
loss of an infant and identifies simple strategies health care providers
can use to begin the process of providing culturally competent support
Educating Patients about End of Life Care
about concerns minority patients might have about filling out Advanced
Directives and the role that nurses can play
in helping them.
Fact sheet on working with the
Amish, put out by Ohio State University.
Caring for Hispanic Patients Interactively
The website associated with this interactive e-Learning program has definitions,
resources, Spanish language links, and a discussion forum on cultural
issues surrounding Hispanic culture and health. A copy of the CD-ROM can
be requested from this site.
Mexican & Mexican-Americans: Health Beliefs & Practices
It covers a lot of areas relevant to health beliefs and practices, and
includes a useful chart on traditional herbal remedies.
Internation Strategy and Policy Institute guidelines for health care providers when caring for Muslim patients and their families. NEW
This National Library of Medicine website contains links to articles
on many topics related to Native American health care, including traditional
Genital Mutilation/Female Circumcision
Genital Mutilation Education & NetworkingProject
This extensive web
site includes articles, case studies, discussion lists, and networking
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Toolkit for genetic counselors. NEW
Curriculum in Ethnogeriatrics
Designed as a teaching tool, this contains five modules on caring for
the elderly across cultures.There are also 11 ethnic-specific
modules, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, Chinese,
Filipino, and Pakistani.
Cultural Issues in Women with HIV/AIDS
Chapter from the US Department of Health & Human Services 2005 document,
"A Guide to the Clinical Care of Women with HIV/AIDS," on addressing
cultural issues to improve the quality of care.
Provides handouts with information about health topics in multiple
Spanish for Healthcare Providers
The site is presented as a free medical Spanish immersion, with vocabulary including
greetings, history, examination, and everyday speech, all with translation and
audio. It is designed to be helpful for a variety of medical personnel.
Bibliography with direct links to articles on traditional medicine in a wide
variety of cultures, provided by the Open Directory Project.
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
The Society's suggested resources for cultural competency from their Core
Curriculum Guidelines on Culturally Sensitive and Competent Health Care
to Articles and Websites
of Minority Health: Think Cultural Health
Access to free Cultural Competency Continuing Education Programs for physicians
and nurses, as well as a web-based interactive tool to assist healthcare
organizations in planning, implementing, and evaluating language access
List of resources that provide
information about cultural competence. Included are organizations, general
information, training workshops and conferences, policy resources, and
on Nursing and Anthropology
for Medical Anthropology
RNs and MDs
This site is designed to help
nurses learn to communicate assertively, set boundaries, manage conflicts,
solve problems and work effectively in a culturally diverse team environment.
They can access the tip-based
articles, informative interviews, case studies and a solution-oriented discussion
Civility Mutual is a single-source provider of the tools physicians
need to regain control of medicine – one patient relationship
at a time. It is founded by a physician to help other physicians
to patient-centered medicine. It includes practice improvement
tools, courses for CME credit, publications, and industry news.