Culture & Clinical Care


Culture & Clinical Care is an updated, revised, and expanded edition of the best-seller, Culture & Nursing Care, winner of a Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. The new book includes thirty-five cultural groups along with an introductory chapter on providing culturally appropriate health care.

Organized alphabetically, chapters range from Afghans to (Former) Yugoslavians, and are intended to help clinicians assess cultural group patterns and to acknowledge individual variation within a cultural group. In a clear, reader-friendly format, each chapter addresses issues related to health and illness, cultural/ethnic identity, communication, spiritual/religious orientation, family relationships, food practices, activities of daily living, developmental and sexual issues, birth and death rituals, symptom management, and other topics. Nearly all of the 55 contributors are members of the cultural group they write about in their respective chapters.

Useful for health care professionals in a variety of settings, the comprehensive book provides guidelines to alert and assist clinicians to potential factors they should consider to provide good care.



Published Reviews

  • Adultspan; Fall 2006
  • Canadian Women's Health Network Newsletter, Spring 2006
  • Journal of Dental Hygiene; Winter 2006
  • Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
  • Journal of Family and Comm. Health; June 2006
  • Journal of Physical Therapy Education; Spring 2006
  • Minority Nurse; Spring 2006
  • National Network; January 2006
  • Northwest Public Health; Spring 2006
  • - Nurse manager newsletter
  • Nurseweek - January 9, 2006 Issue
  • Oncology Nursing Forum

In Review At . . .

  • Family Medicine; TBA
  • Journal of Nephrology Social Work; TBA
  • Counseling and Values Journal; TBA
  • Physical Therapy; 2006
  • Nursing Education Perspectives; TBA
Comments by Reviewers and Readers
"Another major strength of this book is that 35 chapters dealing with various cultures were written by different experts on each cultural group. In many cases the authors have had firsthand experience with the culture. This may ensure that the information is credible and from a highly reliable source. . . . Individuals working in the helping profession would benefit greatly from the information in this book. It would assist in addressing the needs of recent immigrants as well as individuals who identify strongly with their family roots. . . . This book is an outstanding tool for anyone seeking greater understanding of the way culture influences how adults respond to interventions and provides guidance for those who have a limited knowledge of cultures and the mannerisms associated with those cultures. It would be extremely useful as a reference, not only for the seasoned clinician, but also for student counselors who are learning to work with diverse clients."
- Adultspan Journal, Spring 2006
"Nurse Administrators will find the book useful for working with culturally diverse staff, especially in the long term care setting."
- AMN Healthcare, 1/6/2006

"Culture and Clinical Care is a useful tool for health care providers who are interested in expanding their knowledge about various racial and ethnic minority groups. . . . The clearly delineated format of the text would make it an easily accessible reference for mental health counselors in health care settings. . . . The information and skills suggested in the book provide a solid foundation for providers who are serious about affecting culturally relevant health care services."
- Journal of Counseling and Values, Fall 2006

"The purpose of this book is to sensitize health care providers to cultural variations, to encourage asking questions, and to stimulate learning about how patients identify with and express their cultural background."
"The editors' backgrounds in nursing, especially when fused with anthropology and social and behavioral sciences, lend themselves to incorporating a wide range of issues pertaining to health, both from the perspective of provider and patient. . . . It is an important resource for individual health care providers and their staff, as well as for most health institutions in our increasingly diverse communities."
- Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Fall 2005

"I found reading the chapters heightened my curiosity in the culture/ethnic groups. So much so, in fact, that I had to keep reminding myself that this is a reference guide. . . . each author has included a list of references for our further reading."
- Journal of Nephrology Social Work, TBA

"Culture and Clinical Care is an excellent resource for many health care providers, especially those who deliver direct patient care."
- Journal of Dental Hygiene, January 2006

"There are numerous texts that talk about the theory behind the practice, but this text goes to the heart of the matter and addresses specific beliefs and practices of individuals from a myriad of backgrounds. . . . In hospitals, staff find this a particularly useful reference tool and one that can be used on units as well as in the library. Having such a guide 'at the ready' can assist staff in providing the most culturally sensitive care possible."
- National Network Newsletter, January 2006

" . . . User-friendly, timely and a must have when caring for patients in today's health care arena."
- Oncology Nursing Forum, January 2006

"Culture and Clinical Care has relevant, timely and useful information to guide clinicians in developing knowledge salient to eliminating racial and health disparities in communities. . . . Strongly recommended book to everyone who cares for or works with clients different from themselves."
- Journal of Family and Community Health, June 2006

"Culture and Clinical Care is the essential, answers-at-your-fingertips reference guide you need."
- Minority Nurse, Summer 2006

Copyright: 2005 Edition: New (Replaces Culture & Nursing Care, Ed. 1996)
Edition Description: Includes preface, intro and 35 alphabetized chapters
Binding: Paperback lay-flat binding
Language: English Illustrations: No Pages: 506
ISBN: 0-943671-22-1 Price: $33.95


Juliene G. Lipson, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a professor emerita in the Department of Community Health Systems and the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at UCSF.

Dr. Lipson has taught cross-cultural nursing since 1980. Her ethnographic research has focused on the health and adjustment of immigrants and refugees to the U.S. from Arab countries, Iran, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and the Former Soviet Union. Recently she has studied disability and stigmatized chronic health conditions, focusing on multiple chemical sensitivities/environmental illness.

She is active in the Council on Nursing and Anthropology and the Society for Applied Anthropology. She is a member of the Environmental Health Network's board of directors.

Related link: Environmental Health Network of Northern California (website).

Suzanne L. Dibble, DNSc, RN, is a professor at the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF.

She received her doctoral education at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research activities for more than a decade have been focused on the care of individuals with chronic illnesses. That care may either be in elucidating knowledge about the potential for a chronic illness, such as breast cancer, or aiding individuals and their families with terminal care. Symptom management has been a major focus throughout Dr. Dibble's career.

In 1999, Professor Dibble founded the Lesbian Health Research Center, an international research center, specifically and uniquely concerned with health and wellness issues about lesbians, bisexual women, trans-gendered individuals, their families, and health care providers.

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