Culture, diversity, and global health: challenges and opportunities

Gopalkrishnan, Narayan (2020) Culture, diversity, and global health: challenges and opportunities. In: Haring, Robin, Kickbusch, Ilona, Ganten, Detlev, and Moeti, Matshidiso, (eds.) Handbook of Global Health. Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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Abstract

In an increasingly globalized world, we continue to face dramatic health disparities that impact adversely on Indigenous, migrant and refugee populations as well as other minority ethnic populations in most of the countries of the world. Culture plays an important role in how people experience health and illness, and how they access and experience healthcare. It impacts on the healthcare professionals as well as on their patients and the communities, modifying the healing relationship and presenting both barriers and opportunities for better health outcomes. This chapter will explore some of the key ways in which this happens with a view to highlight the opportunities that they represent. These include issues such as how the aetiology of disease is perceived, health-seeking behaviour, issues of racism, stigma and discrimination, as well as the impacts of stress, coping and resilience. Finally, this chapters presents specific suggestions for improved healthcare systems that are more inclusive and that work towards more equitable health outcomes for culturally diverse communities.

Item ID: 65259
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-030-05325-3
Keywords: Culture; Diversity; Cultural Diversity; Health; Global Health
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Copyright Information: © The Editors and the World Health Organization 2021.
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2020 02:32
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420305 Health and community services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare @ 50%
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