Russell Sawa, MD, PhD, CCFP, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Ruth Brooks, MD, CCFP, Staff family physician, Women’s College Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Cynthia Nathanson, MSW, RS, Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto; psychotherapist in private practice, Toronto
Guilherme Dantas, MD, MHSc, Research Associate, Primary Care Research Unit, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto, and member of the Advisory Board, Toronto Men’s Health Network
Working With Families Institute, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Posted: January 22, 2015 Format: PDF
Working with Families in a Culturally Diverse Society: Cross-cultural Care for Family Physicians
Category(s): Behavioural Medicine, Child and Adolescent, Clinical (by topic), Population Health, Social Responsibility
Topic(s): Cross-cultural care, Ethnic dimensions, Working With Families
Canada is acknowledged to be the home of one of the world’s most racially and culturally diverse populations. To accommodate the diversity, Canada adopted a multicultural policy in 1971, which set a framework for a pluralistic society. Within the Canadian context, physicians need to be cognizant of the ethnic, racial, and cultural dimensions of health and medical care. For example, what cultural considerations might affect the doctor’s approach to illnesses and how do family doctors deal with disclosure of health information to other family members in a different cultural context? This module provides an overview of some of the issues that must be considered and the ways in which family physicians can best provide cross-cultural care in a setting of racial and cultural diversity. The case examples illustrate some of the more important principles of cross-cultural care.
This is one educational module in a series produced by the Working With Families Institute to provide a learning resource for physicians dealing with common medical and psychosocial issues that have an impact on families. The modules seek to bridge the gap between current and best practice, and provide opportunities for physicians to enhance or change their approach to a particular clinical problem. They use a problem-based style and real case scenarios that pose questions to the reader. The cases are followed by an information section based on the latest evidence, case commentaries, references and resources. The modules are designed for either individual learning or small group discussion.