Archive for the ‘Cross-Cultural Healthcare Pearls’ Category

Honesty And Truth Telling Within Chinese Healthcare

Friday, July 8th, 2016 |

  Astute observations from Eva Holsinger, my pediatrician colleague here in northeastern China: "Do you want your doctor to tell you everything, right away, as soon as she knows something bad is coming at you? Take it another step: who do ...

Shock And Distress – Angola 2015

Friday, August 14th, 2015 |

  Shock. Arriving in Angola inevitably distresses my soul. Though I lived here for two year and have return annually for fourteen more, reentry into this place of paucity continues to unmask any temptation towards complacency over the world's affairs. Were ...

I Forbid You To Inform Mother Of Her Cancer

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 |

  "Why would you take away her last hope? If you tell my mother about the metastatic colon cancer she will die immediately! That would be cruel and I forbid you!" Luping's son and I spoke in low voices just outside ...

I Demand The Witch Doctor, Not You!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 |

  "The kid's been seizing for an hour, but the dad won't let us give anything. No drugs, no oxygen. This kid's gonna die!" The paramedic's speech was pressured. "He's turning blue and the convulsions have not stopped since I picked ...

You Cursed My Babies!

Monday, August 1st, 2011 |

  “You cast a spell on my babies, Doctor. Surely my babies are going to die! Your envious, evil eye, it discloses the wickedness of your heart!” She pulled her twins tight against her chest. “You are an agent of the ...

Is Kate Culturally Competent?

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 |

  Cultural competence is our ability to cooperate effectively with people of different cultures. This is especially important in the increasingly complex cultural milieu of healthcare, whether set in Kansas City or Sri Lanka. Consider the case of Kate, a nurse practitioner ...

What’s Your Formula For Health?

Sunday, August 1st, 2010 |

  What is the best formula for physical health? Actually, it depends upon whom you ask. People of some Asian cultures think that to be healthy they must eat snake, do Tai Chi, worship their ancestors, and never, ever give blood. ...

Partnering With Nationals To Serve The Forgotten

Saturday, May 1st, 2010 |

  The doctor’s intentions were entirely good. Why else would an esteemed and skilled professor venture beyond the security of a North American medical center? He was brave and confident. What other mindset could compel him to enter the fray of ...

Crossing Cultures Without Becoming Cross

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 |

  People seeking healthcare in North America are increasingly global in their make up. Some 50 million are culturally diverse and operate with understandings of health and medicine that are unfamiliar to most healthcare professionals. Nevertheless, we must effectively understand and ...

Isn’t English Enough For International Healthcare?

Sunday, April 1st, 2007 |

English is today the dominate language of international affairs, as well as the official language of some twenty nations. Even in countries where English is not commonly spoken, translation is usually readily available. These facts frequently tempt health professions to ...