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Ethnomed: Resource for Cross-Cultural Care

I just wanted to let you know about Ethnomed, a helpful resource for patient care related to different cultural groups. EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to the US. It also has links to patient education materials in a wide variety of languages. EthnoMed is a joint program of the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries and Harborview Medical Center's Interpreter Services Department/Community House Calls Program (ISD/CHC).

Ethnomed has been around for a long time, but it's been hidden in CourseLib pages. I changed the settings in LibData so that it should eventually show up in our A-Z list, but it's a freely available resource so you can access it directly at ethnomed.org.

Check it out - the cultural profiles have really useful sections of interest to clinicians, like death practices, decision-making, greetings of respect, etc. The other sections are really useful as well. This is a great resource to recommend to people who have to write a paper on cultural beliefs in a certain area - much more efficient than trying to do a lit search.

Let me know if you have any questions!


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