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Resources for culturally competent care of Muslim patients


This list has been compiled to be used in conjunction with our article "Caring for your Muslim patients" [May 6, 2005], part of our Cultural Competence series.


Center for the Study of Cultural Diversity in Health Care
University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison
Facilitates the design, implementation, evaluation, and replication of culturally and lin-guistically competent healthcare programs to improve consumer satisfaction and health outcomes for all residents of Wisconsin.

Cross Cultural Health Care Programwww.xculture.org/training/overview/cultural/assessment.html
Has a list of cultural competency assessment tools.

SUNY Institute of Technology Peter J. Cayan Library
Provides resources, both print and Web-based, on culturally competent healthcare.

Islamic Medical Association of North Americawww.imana.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=5699
Has articles on dealing with Muslim patients.

Minority Health Project
Program for Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes
University of North Carolina School of Public Health at Chapel Hill
Conducts educational programs, provides information on research and sources of data on minority health. The site maintains links to useful organizations.

National Center for Cultural Competence
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Has a self-assessment checklist for providers of primary healthcare services.

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparitiesncmhd.nih.gov
Conducts and supports research, training, dissemination of information, and other pro-grams with respect to minority health conditions and other populations with health dispari-ties. The Web site contains a listing of conferences on cross-cultural care.

Web sites

Assuring Cultural Competence in Health Carewww.omhrc.gov/clas
Contains recommendations from the Office of Minority Health for national standards and an outcomes-focused research agenda on culturally competent healthcare.

Is a clearinghouse of information on training, standards, research, and policy to meet the language and cultural needs of minorities, immigrants, refugees, and other diverse popula-tions seeking healthcare.

This guide to ethnic medicine is a joint project of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and the Harborview Medical Center's Community House Calls Program. It contains information about cultural beliefs and medical and other related issues perti-nent to the healthcare of immigrants and refugee groups.

For Westerners seeking a knowledge and understanding of Islam.

Islam Onlinewww.islamonline.net/English/Science/index.shtml
This site's Health & Science page discusses Islamic healthcare issues.

Government publications

Office Of Minority Health
US Department Of Health And Human Services
Closing the Gap, a newsletter of the Office of Minority Health
Each issue is devoted to a specific health topic of concern to minority communities.

US Department of State
Muslim Life in America

Cross-cultural training programs

Center for Cross-Cultural Healthwww.crosshealth.com

Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity
Department of Family Medicine
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Contact: Robert C. Like, MD, MS, Associate Professor and Director
Clinical cultural competency courses, workshops, and programs for practicing physicians.

Multicultural Affairs Office
Massachusetts General Hospital
Contact: Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director for Multicultural Education

Kari Heistad, The Culture Coach
Creative Concepts

Cross Cultural Health Care Programwww.xculture.org

National Center for Cultural Competence
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Contact: Tawara Goode, Director

National MultiCultural Institutewww.nmci.org


• At Risk in America: The Health and Health Care Needs of Vulnerable Populations in the United States (Jossey-Bass, 2001)

• Cross-Cultural Medicine (American College of Physicians, 2003)

• Cultural Competence Compendium (American Medical Association, 1999)

• Ethnic Minority Health: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography (Medical Library Association and Scarecrow Press, 1996)

• Guidance for the National Healthcare Disparities Report. Committee On Guidance for Designing a National Healthcare Disparities Report, Institute Of Medicine (The National Academies Press, 2002)

• Minority Health in America: Findings and Policy Implications from The Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Survey (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000)

• Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations: A Handbook for Practitioners (Sage Pub-lications, 1999)

• Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach (F. A. Davis, 2003)

• Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. Commit-tee On Understanding And Eliminating Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Health Care, Board On Health Sciences Policy, Institute Of Medicine (The National Academies Press, 2003)


• "Can cultural competency reduce racial and ethnic health disparities? A review and con-ceptual model," Brach C and Fraser I, Medical Care Research and Review, 2000; 57(Suppl 1):181-217.

• "Cross-cultural primary care: a patient-based approach," Carillo JE, Green AR, and Betancourt JR, Annals of Internal Medicine, 1999; 130:829-834. Available free on the Web at www.annals.org/cgi/reprint/130/10/829.pdf.

• "Racial and ethnic differences in access to medical diagnosis and treatment: an annotated bibliography of sentinel articles," Morehouse Medical Treatment Effectiveness Center, 1997. Available on the Web at www.kff.org/minorityhealth/1322-index.cfm.

• "Racial and ethnic disparities in the primary care experiences of children: A review of the literature," Stevens GD and Shi L, Medical Care Research and Review, 2003; 60(1): 3-30.

• "A selected, annotated list of materials that support the development of policies designed to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities," Donatiello JE, Droese PW, and Kim SH, Journal of the Medical Library Association, 2004; 92(2):257-265. Available free on the Web at www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/tocrender.fcgi?iid=11768.


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