A Hospital Handbook on Multiculturalism and Religion, Revised Edition

Practical Guidelines for Health Care Workers

Neville A. Kirkwood

Oct/2005, 130 Pages, Paperback, 4 x 6

ISBN-13: 9780819221841



In our religiously pluralistic society, clergy, medical, and nursing staffs in modern hospitals are confronted with caring for people with varied beliefs and customs. Since the overall care of a patient, and not just the surgeries performed or medicines given, affect an individual's recovery, it is vitally important to be familiar with cultural and religious understandings and expectations around hygiene, pastoral care, autopsies, transfusions, and even the practices associated with death itself.

A Hospital Handbook for Multiculturalism and Religion is a succinct guide to the care of patients from a variety of faiths. The original version included Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Baha'i. In the revised edition Neville Kirkwood has added chapters on Taoism, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Chinese Buddhism, and Jainism. Each chapter examines not only the customs of adherents to various faith perspectives but also the significance of certain rites and attitudes, supplying health-care workers and chaplains with the information they need to provide the best care possible.

Dr. Neville Kirkwood is an author, lecturer, and preacher, and has served in a cross-cultural mission in India and as a hospital chaplain in Australia. He has a doctorate of ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California, and currently resides in Brisbane, Australia.

"This book is a good introductory reference for an individual's use when interacting with patients and their families. Its small size makes it ideal to carry in a pocket or purse as a reference."—Church and Synagogue Library Association

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