Cultural and Religious Sensitivity: A Pocket Guide for Health Care Professionals

Cultural and Religious Sensitivity: A Pocket Guide for Health Care Professionals
3rd Ed.
2018 © Joint Commission Resources
Geri-Ann Galanti, PhD
ISBN-13: 978-1-63585-046-8
Health Education, Basic Sciences, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Nursing


This revised and expanded edition of the Cultural and Religious Sensitivity Pocket Guide includes new content that focuses on the importance of awareness of not only a patient’s cultural background but also his or her religious beliefs to provide patient-centered health care. The Pocket Guide continues to offer health care professionals the information they need to successfully communicate with their patients, while also respecting their specific cultural and religious needs and expectations related to health care.

Find the information you need quickly in this guide, which fits neatly into a lab coat pocket and features tabs to take you to the information you need when you need it--at the patient's bedside, before a patient and family consultation, or whenever you are interacting with patients. This is the guide you'll turn to again and again to improve your patient-centered care. Purchase copies for all your staff so that everyone can deliver the highest quality, culturally and spiritually sensitive care and services.

Key Topics:

  • • Pregnancy and birth
  • • Pediatric care
  • • Spiritual health
  • • Dietary needs
  • • Medication concerns
  • • Palliative care and end-of-life needs
  • • Healing beliefs and practices
  • • Cultural competence, religious sensitivity, and patient-centered health care

Key Features:
Easy-to-use information about health care needs, expectations, and perceptions of the following ethnicities, races, and religions:

  • • Anglo American
  • • Asian
  • • Black American
  • • Hispanic/Latino
  • • Middle Eastern
  • • Native American
  • • Russian
  • • South Asian
  • • Southeast Asian
  • • Amish
  • • Bahai
  • • Buddhism
  • • Christian Science
  • • Eastern Orthodox
  • • Hinduism
  • • Islam/Muslim
  • • Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • • Judaism
  • • Mormonism (Church of Latter-Day Saints)
  • • Protestantism
  • • Roman Catholicism
  • • Seventh-Day Adventist
  • • Sikhism

Standards: Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services (PC); Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual (RI)

Setting: All care settings

Key Audience: