Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription now includes CultureVision™

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription now includes CultureVision™

Addressing the uncertainty of cultural differences and the impact on diagnosis and treatment

By the year 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that various ethnic groups will total just over half (51%) of the population. Continued immigration into the U.S. means that more patients with varying cultural customs, beliefs, and practices will be in the health care system. This brings with it a complex set of challenges for health care providers. Providing quality care to all of our population—today and in the future—requires comprehensive information to guide both students and professionals now. CultureVision™ is that solution, and is now available as part of your ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription.

CultureVision delivers the information necessary for treating patients appropriately, with respect for their cultural differences. It enables them to provide quality care for people of varying backgrounds and to better facilitate the patient's ability to regain wellness.

Because the answers aren't always obvious

Every religion and culture perceives health and illness differently. For example, Vietnamese women at a hospital in Michigan were continually becoming severely dehydrated shortly after giving birth, despite a constant supply of ice chips and cold water. The information in CultureVision reveals that in Vietnam, the honored postpartum period (or lying-in), is considered a "cold" state, in which new mothers are encouraged to avoid cold food and drinks, and keep away from wind and drafts.

Understanding how and what patients believe will make them well, facilitating compliance and avoiding misunderstandings

CultureVision makes this possible through the following:
  • Information about a variety of health care fundamentals impacted by ethnicities and religious beliefs
  • A list of questions to ask that will yield better health outcomes and more satisfied patients
  • Information about the prevalence of diseases within certain populations
  • Insight that will equip health professionals to have conversations with patients while respecting and integrating the cultural aspects of their lives
  • Reports for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions, updated monthly

Accessing CultureVision

Click on ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
Browse, then Cultural Competency Briefs: Religion, Ethnicity and Care

--posted by Connie Maxwell

No comments: