Cultural Competence in Medicine Book Review by cee-cee

Cultural Competence in Medicine
A review of the book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" by Anne Fadiman on the lack of cultural understanding in healthcare institutions today.
# 115236 | 1,793 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper outlines how the book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" recounts the tragedy of three-month-old Lia Lee, from Laos, who suffered from present-day cultural misunderstandings in hospitals. The paper looks at the programs instituted as a result of this book but maintains that not enough is not being done to prepare for the changing demographics. The paper argues that culturally effective healthcare must be integrated into all levels of education and training to provide effective healthcare for people who have cultural beliefs different from that of the majority American society.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Compton, B., Galaway, B., & Curnoyer, B. R. (1994). Social work processes (7th ed.).Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • Fadiman, Anne (1997) The Spirit Catches You, and You Fall Down. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • Gladwell, M. (2002). The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference. Boston: Little Brown
  • Gutierrez, L. M. (1995). Understanding the empowerment process: Does consciousness make a difference? Social Work Research, 19, 229-237.
  • Hasnain-Wynia, R., and Pierce, D. (2007). Practicing Evidence-Based and Culturally Competent Medicine: Is it Possible? Virtual Mentor 9:572-578.

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