Archive for the ‘Cross-Cultural Healthcare Pearls’ Category

Mark Twain ~ “We wanted something foreign!”

Friday, August 18th, 2017 |

  I am fascinated with cultures. For one, they represent enormous richness of human experience. Tasting a variety of cultures also creates light and insight into our own personal cultures that we could never appreciate unless we step outside of them.   With ...

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 ...

Can You Communicate With This Patient?

Friday, June 1st, 2012 |

  You are serving at the international immigrant health clinic in Dallas. At the door of the waiting room a scene like the United Nations opens before you: Somalis, Iraqis, Hmong, Burmese - many wearing traditional dress. You call aloud the ...

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 ...

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 ...