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Diversity and Medical Ethics

"The goal of the emerging field of cross-cultural healthcare is to improve providers' ability to understand, communicate with, and care for patients from diverse backgrounds. We should weave the concepts of cross-cultural care into the ethics of caring if we truly hope to have a positive impact on the health status of diverse patient populations." More>>>

Source: Betancourt JR, Green AR, Carrillo JE (2000). The challenges of cross-cultural healthcare--diversity, ethics, and the medical encounter. Bioethics Forum, 16(3), 27-32.

Law and Policy
Religious Beliefs and Cultural Practices
  • Common Beliefs and Cultural Practices
    The Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture
    This section provides medical practitioner with basic information on the culture, belief system, health strengths, and health challenges of people from some of the regions and groups of the world.Cultural Groups gives detailed information about several cultural groups.
  • Cultural Diversity
    Myer, Ehren. (2006). RNotes: Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide. F.A. Davis
    The table from RNotes by Ehren Myers includes cultural characteristics of groups that are widely dispersed throughout the U.S.
    Page 1: African-Americans, Arab-Americans, Asian-Americans and Bosnian-Americans.
    Page 2: Native-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Russian-Americans
Blood Transfusion
End-of-Life Care
  • Cultural Diversity: End-of-Life
    Marianjoy Medical Library
    Many factors including culture and ethnicity determine thoughts about death. This section provides an ethical overview related to death and dying and links to several resources.
Organ Donation

All major religions support organ, tissue and eye donation. Still, within each religion there are different schools of thought.

Bioethics Resources on the Web
  • Bioethics Research Library
    Kennedy Institute of Ethics,Georgetown University
    Provides an interdisciplinary and multi-format collection on ethical issues related to healthcare, biomedical research, biotechnology, and the environment.
  • Ethics in Medicine
    University of Washington School of Medicine
    Offers case studies in public health ethics as a teaching tool for physicians and medical students.
  • The Hastings Center
    Independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969. The Center's mission is to address fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and the environment as they affect individuals, communities, and societies.
  • NIH's Bioethics Resources on the Web
    The information accessible through this portal spans a wide range of topics, including institutional review boards; ethics committees, clinical ethics, international research ethics issues, genetics, and neuroethics, among others.
NLM Resourses

MedlinePlus® Provides authoritative consumer health information. Pertinent topics include:




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